intellectual disabilities

With Clear Goals and a Holistic Approach, Organizations Can Move from Sheltered to Integrated Services to Benefit Clients with IDD

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) have lifelong conditions that may affect their ability to communicate, learn, or make decisions. Historically, adults with IDD have often received services in job or recreation facilities that are segregated or sheltered, where they may only interact with other people with disabilities and support staff, rather than an integrated setting where they may interact with people with and without disabilities.


Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities May Face Challenges to Staying Physically Active

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) have conditions like cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, or other genetic syndromes. People with IDD may have challenges with learning, communicating or decision-making, and sometimes, challenges with mobility. Previous studies have shown that adults with IDD are less likely to be physically active than adults without IDD.


What Can the Fields of Aging and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Learn from Each Other to Support Family Caregivers?

More than 65 million people in the US serve as caregivers to family members who have a disability or are seniors in need of assistance, according to the Family Caregiver Alliance, and the number of caregivers is expected to grow in the coming years. These caregivers include families of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), many of whom are also experiencing age-related disabilities. For adults with IDD, families are the single largest provider of care with more than half of adults with IDD living at home with family.


To Improve IDEA, Parents Draw from Experience.

IEP, LRE, FAPE. These acronyms are part of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), landmark federal legislation that ensures children with disabilities in the US have equal opportunity to receive a free and appropriate public education. IDEA gives parents a central role in advocating for their child’s access to the services and supports they need from preschool through graduation. While parents are at the heart of the process, in the last reauthorization of IDEA, less than 4 percent of the comments collected from the public came from individual parents.


RehabWire Volumen 1, Número 2, Marzo 1999


Bienvenidos a la segunda edición de RehabWire. El Arco ha declarado que marzo es el Mes Nacional de Conciencia del Retraso Mental. En honor de esta declaración, la mayoría de esta edición de RehabWire está dedicada al retraso mental y los impedimentos del desarrollo. Para obtener más información sobre el Mes de Conciencia del Retraso Mental, póngase en contacto con Liz Moore en El Arco: 817/261-6003 o visite su página web en

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RehabWire Volume 1 Number 2, March 1999


Welcome to the second edition of RehabWire. The Arc has declared March to be National Mental Retardation Awareness Month. In honor of this declaration, most of this issue of RehabWire is devoted to mental retardation and developmental disabilities. For more information on National Mental Retardation Awareness Month, contact Liz Moore at The Arc: 817/261-6003 or visit their web page at

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