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Did you know social workers get minimal training in dealing with IDD individuals?

Intellectual disabilities are impairments that start developing during infancy or childhood. These are marked by severe restrictions in cognitive ability and adaptive behavior. People with intellectual disabilities may struggle with social skills like interpersonal relationships and social problem-solving, conceptual skills like language and self-direction, along with practical skills necessary for daily living. Social workers have …

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How can social workers play a role in helping neurodiverse children in a neurotypical world?

The pandemic has had an impact on people physically as well as mentally. In the past two years in the US, most of a child’s education has consisted of video conferencing and emails rather than group lessons or offline classes, which has frustrated parents and kids.  1,000 parents of children under 18 participated in a …

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Why This Needs to Stop: Widespread Abuse of IDD individuals in Hospitals

It’s a tough topic to divulge but one cannot turn their head away and ignore it. Deny it or not, abuse and neglect can manifest themselves in various ways, ranging from overt physical and/or sexual assaults to bullying and emotional abuse, which are more difficult to prove but completely destroy a person’s dignity and sense …

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Traumatizing Effects of Covid-19 on IDD individuals

The infamous COVID caused quite a stir in the world. Unfortunately, IDD individuals were not an exception. In recent studies, COVID was found to be the main culprit for fatalities in people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.   Generally, people with intellectual disabilities have poor health outcomes with their life expectancy being nearly 20 years lower …

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How can IDD Representation in movies break long-standing stereotypes?

We do not see many movies in which disabled actors play disabled protagonists. It is even more unusual for such films to be critically acclaimed. It was almost unheard of for typically developed actors to win an Emmy for portraying characters with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD). While Hollywood moves at a slower pace, the …

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Best practices for fair long-term care distribution to the poor

When people cannot carry out daily tasks alone, long-term care services help them live as freely and safely as possible. The following three types of long-term care are the most typical: People frequently require long-term care : as they age, when they have a severe and enduring health condition, or when they are disabled.  Long-term …

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Here’s what you need to know about New Jersey’s 1 January 2023 EVV Deadline

All Home Health Care Services (HHCS) need to be EVV compliant by Jan 1 2023 – are you prepared? Which agencies does this apply to? This table contains all the procedure codes for while EVV will be a requirement from 1 January 2023: That means by the end of the year, you’ll need to be …

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How can we promote mental health awareness for IDD individuals?

Mental distress is much worse for people with Intellectual Developmental disabilities, and most health professionals don’t know how to help.  People with Intellectual developmental disabilities have the same aspirations, ambitions, and apprehensions as everyone else. Sadly, they also have the added stress of having a disability, which makes them more vulnerable to mental illness. Nonetheless, …

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What We Got Wrong About Roe vs Wade and Developmental Disabilities

The 1973 decision of the landmark Roe vs. Wade case, which had made abortion legal nationally has been reversed by the Supreme Court. Due to this reversal, people with marginalized identities will be particularly affected more than everyone else for numerous reasons, including disparities in access to health care, sexual assault, and the historic loss …

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