Caring for Individuals with IDD

Caring for diverse patient populations presents a lot of new and unique challenges for patients, providers, and family members. This week, I’m going to focus on one patient population in particular: Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

History of the Best Buddies Keith Haring Logo - Best Buddies ...Throughout college, I have volunteered with and have been a peer mentor for the Best Buddies chapter at Union College. Best Buddies is a non-profit organization that strives to support individuals with IDD by providing them with one-on-one friendships, employment opportunities, development of leadership and communication skills, and self-advocacy skills. Being a part of Best Buddies has been a very rewarding experience, and has also shown me some of the challenges that individuals with IDD face everyday.

Challenges

One of the challenges that individuals with IDD face is communication. Often times, they can have difficulty communicating effectively with others, which can prevent them from being able to express their thoughts and feelings to family members, friends, or even healthcare providers.

Integration into society and employment are also two major challenges (1). Many individuals do not have a post-secondary education and aren’t able to access resources that would allow them to obtain internships or other experiences. Additionally, the stigma that exists surrounding intellectual and developmental disabilities can lead to social isolation and negative perceptions of hiring individuals with IDD.

These challenges and more combine to leave individuals with IDD with increased mental health problems, little to no income, and lower levels of independence (1).

Role of Caregivers & Healthcare for Individuals with IDD

Many individuals with IDD live with their families and rely on them for financial and emotional support, as well as advocacy. However, there is not always enough support for families that are caring for individuals with IDD. Many families are expected to provide lifelong care, but this is not feasible in some situations and extra support is needed (2). In Albany, St. Margaret’s Center provides 24-hour care and support for children with disabilities. This includes pediatric care, group activities, and helping families navigate insurance and other services. This is a very helpful option for families of younger children with disabilities, and it would be great to see similar resources for adults with IDD that face some of the same challenges.

In healthcare settings, the challenges faced by individuals with IDD can lead to poorer health outcomes, even with advocacy by caregivers. Individuals with IDD face higher rates of co-morbidities and chronic conditions, as well as challenges in understanding their own healthcare issues and the services that are available to them. A lot of providers don’t receive enough training and don’t have experience in communicating with and caring for individuals with IDD (3).

Resources

Some additional resources for individuals with IDD, such as this Early Intervention Program in New York, are listed here.

While there are a lot of improvements to be made in supporting individuals with IDD and their caregivers, we can start by understanding the unique challenges this population faces and how these challenges create barriers to integration and care.

12,503 thoughts on “Caring for Individuals with IDD

  1. Deciding the amount to “render unto Caesar,” while holding the essential assets to keep up with piece of the pie, develop market infiltration and further develop productivity, is an overwhelming undertaking that should be very much arranged and executed. 신규꽁머니

    Reply

  2. เว็บแทงบอลที่ดีที่สุดเว็บไหนดี เว็บแทงบอล แนะนำ ที่ดีที่สุด เว็บพนันบอลออนไลน์ แทงบอลออนไลน์ ที่คุ้มค่ากับเงินลงทุน แทงบอล เว็บตรง กันดีกว่า แทงบอลออนไลน์

    Reply

  3. UFABETแทงบอลออนไลน์เว็บไหนดี เว็บพนันออนไลน์สุดเก๋า เว็บเดียวเล่นได้ครบ ฝาก – ถอนใน 3 นาที ไม่มีขั้นต่ เว็บใหญ่ การันตีคุณภาพเเละมาตรฐาน. แทงบอลออนไลน์

    Reply

  4. Thanks for the information, I will try to figure it out for more. Keep sharing such informative post keep suggesting such post.

    Lowes Survey

    Reply

  5. เว็บแทงบอลออนไลน์ที่ดีที่สุด แทงบอลออนไลน์ ฝาก-ถอนไม่มีขั้นต่ำ ทางเข้าเว็บตรง เว็บแทงบอล ผ่านมือถือ ขั้นต่ำ10บาท สมัคร แทงบอล ฝาก-ถอน 24 ชม. แทงบอลออนไลน์

    Reply

  6. เว็บพนันบอลไม่ผ่านเอเย่นต์ เว็บตรงทางเข้าUFABETมือถือที่ดีที่สุด สมัครเล่นง่ายด้วยทรูว็อทเลท ถอนเร็วใน 3 นาที ตลอด 24 ชม.โปรโมชั่นมากมาย. แทงบอลออนไลน์

    Reply

  7. เว็บแทงบอลออนไลน์ที่ดีที่สุด2022 แทงกอล์ฟออนไลน์ อันดับ1 สมัคร แทงกอล์ฟ แทงบอล ผ่านเว็บ UFABET รับฟรีโบนัสสูงสุด บริการ 24ชม. เว็บแทงบอลออนไลน์ที่ดีที่สุด2022

    Reply

  8. เว็บแทงบอลออนไลน์UFABET เว็บพนันบอลที่ดีที่สุดค่าน้ำดีที่สุด UFABETฝากถอนอัตโนมัติ UFABETเว็บตรงแทงบอลออนไลน์” แทงบอลออนไลน์

    Reply

  9. Your writing is perfect and complete. safetoto However, I think it will be more wonderful if your post includes additional topics that I am thinking of. I have a lot of posts on my site similar to your topic. Would you like to visit once?

    Reply

  10. You said these comments gave me a new insight. I read this article with great interest and it has been very helpful to me. Thanks to your information, my opinion has been turned in a positive direction. Thanks for sharing good information.메이저놀이터

    Reply

  11. Thank you for sharing valuable information. This is a new type of writing that cannot be seen anywhere else. That’s why I favorite your blog. There are many articles on my blog that you might be interested in. 토토사이트

    Reply

  12. I’ve always told people around, but this article is really crazy good. You don’t know how many times I’ve read this. The blueprints you put forward are really creative. Please check my blog for related information. 안전놀이터

    Reply

  13. I always find and read your articles. I think you are really trying to share your knowledge and thoughts. I understand how hard it can be to write a blog post. I want to applaud your efforts. I’d love to see your article. I will bookmark it. Thank you. https://totoilmi.com/

    Reply

  14. wooow amazing article, this is the best and useful article i found in google, please add more this type of useful articles on future, i can share this to my all frnds and groups. bakhoor

    Reply

  15. Hello, Nice post. After checking out a few of the articles on your web site, I seriously like your technique of blogging. I bookmarked it to my bookmark website list and will be checking back soon. Please visit my web site Traininglegsfirstaid.co.ukMental Health First Aid Training  service provider.

    Reply

  16. QUIETUM PLUS REVIEW Quietum Plus is a hearing health supplement that combines several healthy ingredients aimed at improving the overall health of your ear. Quietum Plus’ unique combination improves hearing, eliminates tinnitus, and reduces the risk of age-related hearing impairments.

    Reply

  17. You said these comments gave me a new insight. I read this article with great interest and it has been very helpful to me. Thanks to your information, my opinion has been turned in a positive direction. Thanks for sharing good information.메이저놀이터

    Reply

  18. thanks for Your writing is too much to be posted simply on blogs. I think more people should read your writing. I’m going to write about your writing and blogging on my blog. I hope you can come to my blog and check out more people’s opinions. 메이저사이트

    Reply

  19. This is really great! I want more people to know the excellence of writing. It’s really new and innovative content. Your views are similar to mine on this subject. I think my article will be helpful too. 토토사이트

    Reply

  20. Bonjour, je travaille comme analyste financier et j’aime lire les nouvelles et j’ai eu beaucoup de chance de trouver ce site avec beaucoup de contenu sur divers sujets, j’ai laissé le lien https://internet-6g.com/

    Reply

  21. Wow, how can you write this? You’re so smart. Aren’t you a genius? It’s awesome. It’s so much fun that I’ll come back to watch it’ I’m just looking forward to your posting againhttps://www.muktwiguardian.com/ and I felt responsible for receiving this warm energy and sharing it with many people

    Reply

  22. I came to this site with the introduction of a friend around me and I was very impressed when I found your writing. I’ll come back often after bookmarking! baccaratcommunity

    Reply

  23. Your writing is perfect and complete. casinocommunity However, I think it will be more wonderful if your post includes additional topics that I am thinking of. I have a lot of posts on my site similar to your topic. Would you like to visit once?

    Reply

  24. Truly, this article is really one of the very best in the history of articles. I am a antique ’Article’ collector and I sometimes read some new articles if I find them interesting. And I found this one pretty fascinating and it should go into my collection. Very good work! voyance par téléphone

    Reply

  25. I reviewed some of the situations in your publication mainly because of the fact that your views are usually on my own. That is great information and fact for all readers. 안전놀이터

    Reply

  26. Great blog. I really want to admire the quality of this post. I like your ideas, perspectives, and the way you present valuable content. No doubt you’re doing a great job. I’ll be waiting for your next mail. Thank you. Cheer up! https://totoilmi.com/ Check out this

    Reply

  27. Wow, that’s a bright. I found a good information. This is the information I’ve been looking for. I want to continue sharing this information with you. Thank you for posting good information. https://totoforce.com/

    Reply

  28. Thank you so much for the valuable information on this wonderful topic and I look forward to more great posts. Thank you for enjoying this beauty article with me. I appreciate it very much! Looking forward to another good article. Good luck author! https://majornoriter.com/

    Reply

  29. Thank you so much for the valuable information on this wonderful topic and I look forward to more great posts. Thank you for enjoying this beauty article with me. I appreciate it very much! Looking forward to another good article. Good luck author! https://muktivi.com/

    Reply

  30. I have read all the comments and suggestions posted by the visitors for this article are very fine,We will wait for your next article so only.Thanks! un curso de milagros

    Reply

  31. Thanks for the blog loaded with so many information. Stopping by your blog helped me to get what I was looking for. acim

    Reply

  32. We have sell some products of different custom boxes.it is very useful and very low price please visits this site thanks and please share this post with your friends. un curso de milagros

    Reply

  33. The AOC provides affordable counselling and therapy for children, young people, adults, families in Dudley, Sandwell, Wolverhampton, West Midlands and UK. therapy

    Reply

  34. ACC is Dudley’s accredited, quality assured and regulated child contact centre. It provides a wide range of services for parents wanting to make contact with their children including Supervised Contact and Supported Contact. Fees negotiable. We offer first rate support. See our excellent reviews. supported contact

    Reply

  35. Integramos cada parte de tu empresa que interactúa con los clientes, incluido el marketing, las ventas, el servicio y más, en una plataforma de CRM, … Salesforce

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *