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Social Work Research Guide

Social Work Resources: Disabilities

This section includes a collection of internet resources related to social work research in disabilities.

Featured Resource: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Many institutes within the National Institutes of Health conduct and fund research about developmental disabilities.  They also offer information to the public and educational programs for health professionals.  They include:

  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has prioritized the study of HIV/AIDS.  NIAID researchers and grantee institutions advance understanding of disease mechanisms and cooperate to move novel HIV prevention and treatment strategies from basic research into clinical practice. With the generous help of clinical research volunteers, investigators at NIH and around the world create opportunities for the discovery, development and evaluation of technologies and tools that can play a role in decreasing HIV transmission, improving the health of people with HIV, and ultimately ending the pandemic. 
  • National Eye Institute (NEI) studies ways to prevent and treat eye diseases and vision problems and to improve the lives of people with these conditions.
  • National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHHD) conducts and supports research on all stages of human development to better understand the health of children, adults, families, and communities, including those with developmental disabilities.
  • National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) studies hearing loss, deafness, and problems wih speech and language.
  • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) studies mental illness and behavior problems, including such conditions as autism, learning disabilities, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
  • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) studies the causes, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of brain and nervous system disorders such as cerebral palsy and epilepsy.