Living Well with a Disability


The Living Well and Working Well with a Disability Programs promote healthy independent living. These peer-facilitated and consumer-directed workshops take participants on a journey of empowerment through peer support, goal setting and problem solving. Living Well helps participants develop goals for meaningful activities that are linked to the development of a healthy lifestyle. Working Well builds on these concepts and emphasizes maintaining a balanced lifestyle to support employment. Living and Working Well participants report improvements in outlook, lifestyle and health. Many report greater community participation in their pursuit of quality of life goals and healthier lifestyles.

Program Overview

The Living Well with a Disability workshop introduces participants to a process for setting and clarifying their goals and teaches them to generate, implement, and monitor solutions to problems. Goal setting and problem solving is the framework for developing healthy lifestyles and linking health with function. Living Well with a Disability puts quality of life issues at the forefront and teaches participants to:

  • Link health to quality of life
  • Set goals and solve problems
  • Manage frustration and discouragement
  • Seek information
  • Develop and maintain healthy relationships
  • Eat well and be physically active
  • Advocate for themselves and for systems change
  • Maintain healthy lifestyle changes

Research Articles

  • Ravesloot, C., Seekins, T., Cahill, T., Lindgren, S., Nary, N.E., White, G. (2006).     Health promotion for people with disabilities: Development and evaluation of     the Living Well with a Disability Program. Health Education Research.
    doi: 10.1093/her/cyl114
  • Ravesloot, C., Seekins, T. & White, G. (2005). Living Well with a Disability health     promotion intervention: Improved health status for consumers and lower costs     for health care policymakers. Rehabilitation Psychology, 50, 3. 239-245.

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