CDHD research and publications

New knowledge and improved programs

The CDHD provides information on current research and best practice strategies for teachers and other personnel who serve children and adults with disabilities. Through various products, publications, reports and presentations, we strive to build the skills and knowledge of providers to enhance the lives of people with disabilities.


AUCD 2016 Conference: Navigating Change Dec 4-7, 2016, Washington, DC


CDHD Idaho Project for Children and Youth With Deaf-Blindness

Cover page of 2017 CDHD Transition Portfolios booklet.

Transition Portfolios

This first booklet assists teams in developing a transition portfolio that documents important information about an individual, and to be able to provide this kind of information as they plan a student's transition to a new setting.

Transition Portfolios: A Strategy for Making Easy Transitions (PDF)PDF

Cover page of 2017 CDHD Cortical Visual Impairment booklet.

Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI)

The second booklet provides practical information to families and service providers, focusing on Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI). This has been identified as the leading cause of visual impairment in the western world.

Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI): Characteristics and Intervention Strategies (PDF)PDF

Cover page of 2017 CDHD Communication is for Everyone booklet.

Communication is for Everyone!

The focus of the third booklet is to provide you with some basic, but critical, things to think about when developing a communication system for a child who is deafblind and may have additional disabilities.

Communication is for Everyone! Elements and Strategies (PDF)PDF

Choice and Community: Seeking the Voice of Adults with Developmental Disabilities

This study was conducted by the CDHD at the University of Idaho and the Idaho Council on Developmental Disabilities in collaboration with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare from August 2015 - April 2016.

The purpose was to identify the perceptions of adults with developmental disabilities who were receiving Home and Community Based Services (Medicaid Program: State Plan Home and Community-Based Services, 2014) or their guardians regarding the extent to which individuals were integrated into the community, had choices, individual rights, and autonomy within a living setting.

Child Care in Idaho: 2015 Summary Report

This is a summary report of the 2015 Child Care Workforce Study conducted by the University of Idaho CDHD and IdahoSTARS. The report examines the outcomes of IdahoSTARS training and professional development for child care providers. The report also includes a profile of Idaho’s child care providers and of children enrolled in child care in Idaho. This includes children with special needs.

Child Care in Idaho: 2015 Summary Report (PDF)PDF


Nelson, C., Hyte, H., & Greenfield, R. (2016). Increasing Self-Regulation and Classroom Participation of a Child Who Is Deafblind. American Annals of the Deaf, 160(5), 496-509.
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Nelson, C., Greenfield, R., Hyte, H., & Shaffer, J. (2013). Stress, Behavior, and Children and Youth Who Are Deafblind. Research & Practices for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 38(3), 139-156.
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White papers

IdahoSTARS Essential Trainings for Quality Mealtime Practices in Child Care Settings

IdahoSTARS is funded by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare through the United States Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF). CCDF is authorized under the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act (CCDBG). Grantee activities must focus on improving quality, diversity, stability, and retention of caregivers, teachers, and directors, as well as improving quality care for infants and toddlers and other special populations (CCDBG, 2016).

As a grantee, IdahoSTARS, Idaho’s State Training and Registry System (IdahoSTARS, 2017) must offer on-going activities to inform providers’ understanding of and use of strategies for healthy and safe environments. Professional development activities that address health and safety standards, including nutrition and child development, must be offered.

CDHD White Paper: #2017 (1) – IdahoSTARS Essential Trainings for Quality Mealtime Practices in Child Care Settings (PDF)