News & Updates

DRDC Evaluation Report 2019-2020

The Disability Research and Dissemination Center has released its latest Evaluation Report, and you can download or view it under the “About Us” menu at the top of our webpages.Read More »

COVID-19 Disability-Related Resources

The DRDC has put together a brief list of helpul links to information about the new coronavirus (COVID-19), which is specifically geared towards people with disability and their caregivers and families. We also wanted to share a guide for First Responders, which is a general resource for helping people with specific disabilities as well as […]Read More »

DRDC Publications Update

As of the beginning of 2020, the DRDC projects had produced 54 published manuscripts, two books, and two educational products. You can find the list of DRDC publications here with links to the educational products, too. Dozens of additional DRDC-supported papers are in review, revision or preparation; and they will be added to the list […]Read More »

David W. Smith Workshop on Malformations and Morphogenesis

Annually, the DRDC provides support to the David W. Smith Workshop, which brings together clinicians and scientists to advance understanding of normal and abnormal morphogenesis. You can find more information on the meeting website here: In 2020, the meeting will be held in Skamania Resort in Stevenson, Washington, and the list of speakers can […]Read More »

Two new DRDC publications are available

The DRDC continues to explore medication usage in people with disabilities on several fronts. We have two recent manuscripts that can be found here: One of the papers considered medication adherence in people with IDD and hypertension, and the other reviewed opioid prescription patterns in people with lifelong disability and immune conditions.Read More »

RFAs Posted for 2019 – Applications due March 4

The DRDC announces two (2) new research opportunities for the 2019 cycle.  These will be awarded from the University of South Carolina as subcontracts from its prime award for the DRDC, which is funded by the CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD). All applications are due by 8PM Eastern time on […]Read More »

DRDC Releases Year 5 Evaluation Report

The DRDC has released its 5th annual evaluation report covering October 2016 through September 2017. The new projects for the year involved 4 institutions, including an investigation into the feasibility and sustainability of a small-scale grain fortification intervention in Tanzania.  There were also 11 continuing projects, and more information about them can be found on the funded grants page. The full evaluation report can be downloaded here: More »

Publications from CDC/NCBDDD/DRDC-funded grants

Grants awarded through the DRDC in the first 5-year cycle are approaching their conclusion, and many manuscripts have been recently submitted to and/or accepted by peer-review journals.  A list of publications through February of 2017 can be found on our Publications page, here:  This list will be updated approximately every six months.Read More »

Identifying Opportunities to Improve the Health of People with IDD

Suzanne McDermott, PhD, University of South Carolina (Funded 2016-2017) The is the second phase of a project from the NCBDDD’s Division of Human Development and Disability that worked with five states to characterize people with intellectual and developmental diabilities (IDD), who are insured under Medicaid. This phase will build on the previous work by focusing […]Read More »

Small Scale Grain Fortification in Tanzania

Felix Brooks-church, PI, Project Healthy Children/Sanku (Funded 2016-2017) The aim of this proposal is to establish acceptability, use, and sustainability of small-scale maize flour fortification in two rural regions of Tanzania where the population is not reached by large-mill fortification efforts as a means of reducing micronutrient malnutrition. Legislation mandating wheat flour fortification in Tanzania […]Read More »