Alexandra Bonardi, Director of the Center for Developmental Disabilities Evaluation and Research (CDDER) at the E.K. Shriver Center, has focused on supporting and improving the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) throughout her clinical and research career. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the University of Massachusetts Medical School Deptartment of Family Medicine and Community Health, a registered, licensed occupational therapist and has a Masters in Health Administration.
The core of Ms. Bonardi’s work at CDDER is to develop and apply evidence to policy and practice in health care for people with IDD. She assisted in the development of preventive health care guidelines for people with IDD currently in use in Massachusetts and other states and updates them as new evidence emerges. As part of CDDER’s ongoing contract with the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS), she has worked on multiple quality assurance projects on varied topics including falls prevention, health risk assessment management, and the delivery of specialized assistive technology.
She is particularly interested in the area of access to health services by people with IDD and health disparities. In 2009, she completed a fellowship (Ian Axford – Fulbright New Zealand), to study how disability supports can be delivered in a manner that promotes choice while managing economic, societal, and individual risk. More recently Ms. Bonardi obtained two grants to develop approaches to national surveillance; examining the overall picture of the health and oral health of adults with intellectual disability. The studies are funded by the the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).