Welcome to the Friends of NCBDDD!

The Friends of NCBDDD is a coalition of government and private sector participants who work together to enhance the mission and activities of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) in identifying the causes of birth defects and developmental disabilities; helping children to develop and reach their full potential; and promoting health and well-being among people of all ages with disabilities, including blood disorders.


A CDC Webinar for Clinicians and Healthcare Providers: Recommending Physical Activity for Patients with Disabilities

Adults with disabilities are more likely to be inactive and have certain chronic diseases than adults without disabilities.  Your patients with disabilities are 82% more likely to be physically active if you recommend it.  You can make a difference.

An expert panel recently addressed how you can discuss and recommend appropriate physical activity options and programs for your adult patients with disabilities.

View the archived webinar here!

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Welcome & Introduction

  • Brandy Peaker, MD, MPH – LCDR, U.S. Public Health Service, Coordinator, Medical and Business Outreach Programs, CDC Vital Signs™


  • Dianna Carroll, PhD, MS – LCDR, U.S. Public Health Service, Senior Health Scientist, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, CDC
  • Cheri Blauwet, MD – Sports Medicine Fellow, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago/Northwestern School of Medicine; Chair, International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Medical Committee
  • Lisa Culver, PT, DPT, MBA – Senior Specialist, Clinical Practice, Department of Clinical Practice and Research, American Physical Therapy Association
  • Adrian Hutber, PhD – Vice President, Exercise is Medicine, American College of Sports Medicine

Discussion of Clinical Tools/Resources

  • James Rimmer, PhD – Director of the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability
  • Matt Holder, MD – Global Medical Advisor and Darcie Mersereau, Vice President, Health Programs, Special Olympics

Sponsored by:

Association of University Centers on Disabilities
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Please access the recent and relevant CDC Vital Signs™ at http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/disabilities

Recent News

Recent Webinars

Friends of NCBDDD: President’s Budget Review

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Friends of NCBDDD & ACA Implementation: National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative

pdf File  Friends of NCBDDD & ACA Implementation: National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative [DOWNLOAD]

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