Developmental Disabilities


People with disabilities still face barriers to vaccination

Ontario has prioritized vaccinations for people with disabilities — but being eligible isn’t enough to make sure they are vaccinated, says a report from the province’s COVID-19 Science Advisory Table. One in five Ontario residents has a physical, mental, intellectual, or sensory impairment, increasing to 40 per cent of people...
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Freddie Mac Multifamily Announces Social Bonds Deal Supporting Housing For The Intellectually And Developmentally Disabled

MCLEAN, Va., June 08, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC) Multifamily today announced the issuance of $230 million in Social Bonds supporting 1,267 rental homes across 39 states and the District of Columbia for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The proceeds from these Social Bonds help address the significant shortage of community-based homes critical to the "deinstitutionalization" of care for individuals with disabilities. The properties provide 4,462 beds, approximately 90% being affordable to people with very low incomes making 50% of the area median income and allow individuals with disabilities to live and work in their communities.


Howard Smith, a Pittsburgher who co-founded a program to offer children of all socio-economic backgrounds the opportunity to learn and play hockey, has been nominated for the National Hockey League’s Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award, which is named in honor of the NHL’s first black player. Smith helped to create...

Is ADHD A Disability? | Relationship Between ADHD & Other Disabilities

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a mental health condition that commonly develops during childhood but in many cases isn’t diagnosed until adulthood. An individual with ADHD displays signs of impulsivity, inattentiveness, short attention span, or episodes of hyperactivity. Many people with ADHD may have trouble functioning normally but with...

Obrusnikova Honored

Newswise — Iva Obrusnikova, an associate professor in the Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition, has been selected as a Fellow with the International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity (IFAPA). The IFAPA Fellows Recognition Program recognizes and promotes outstanding accomplishments in scholarship and service by IFAPA members. Fellow status is...

Study highlights clinical-level emotional/behavioral problems in schoolchildren during the lockdown

Efforts to contain the novel coronavirus have caused lockdowns and school closures around the world. These efforts and policies have unfortunately cut off many children from valuable resources such as the opportunity for exercise, access to clean water and food, learning, and socialization. Therefore, the effects on mental health and behavior may be found not just in adults but children. However, studies published thus far have been limited to elucidating the mood of middle school and high school students and the conditions for which mood problems occur remain unclear.

The Nine Best Places to Donate Clothes

Whether you're spring cleaning your closet or simply trying to be more mindful of textile waste, donating your old clothing is a great way to give back to the community and planet. Instead of throwing away garments you don't wear anymore, consider giving away any unwanted items to those who need it most. According to a 2020 Princeton University study, 57 percent of all discarded clothing ended up in the landfill.

The TEACCH program

This study focuses on Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are pervasive developmental disabilities that affect 1 to 2.5% of children in the general population (Baio and Baio, 2012, Kim et al., 2011). Various approaches to treatment attempt to palliate the symptoms of autism and to establish more typical academic, daily living, social, and verbal repertoires. Over the last decades a myriad of psychosocial and educational interventions have been developed. For instance, the National Institutes of Health and Autism Speaks, the largest funders of autism research, have provided support to Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped Children (TEACCH), animal-assisted therapy, floortime, sensory integration therapy, Early Start Denver Model, Picture Exchange Communication System, Relationship Development Intervention, parent-training models, and applied behavior analysis, to mention only a few approaches to treatment (Autism Speaks, 2012, National Institutes of Health, 2011). These interventions vary in their conceptual basis, procedures, targeted repertoires and skills, and in the quality, magnitude and relevance of the empirical evidence they have accrued over the years. Among these various approaches, only a few have generated a sufficient number of clinical trials to allow for meta-analyses and systematic reviews. For instance, four meta-analyses have been published on interventions based on applied behavior analysis.

Special-needs people overlooked during pandemic, advocates say

As she injected COVID vaccines into the arms of people, including many with special needs, nurse Shazia Mele was worrying about her sister Samina, who lives with other adults with developmental disabilities on a Vancouver Island farm. In early March, Mele was entering group homes to inoculate this vulnerable population...

Your Guide to Resources for Children with Developmental Disabilities

Children with developmental differences often need extra services to support their physical health and mental well-being. But researching and connecting with specialists and other service providers can sometimes feel like a full-time job for parents and caregivers. This guide is intended to make that job a little easier. The resources...
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Across US, COVID-19 death rate higher for those with IDD

The COVID-19 death rate for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) is higher than the general population in several states across the U.S., according to a new study published in Disability and Health Journal. The research team that conducted the study analyzed data from 12 U.S. jurisdictions: Arizona, California,...

COVID-19 death rate for people with IDD is higher across the U.S.

The COVID-19 death rate for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) is higher than the general population in several states across the U.S., according to a new study published in Disability and Health Journal. The research team that conducted the study analyzed data from 12 U.S. jurisdictions: Arizona, California,...
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QAnon Shaman’s lawyer delivers slur-filled rant while blaming Capitol riot on intellectual disabilities

The attorney for the “QAnon Shaman” claims that people participated in the deadly Capitol riot because they have intellectual and developmental disabilities. In an interview with Talking Points Memo, Albert Watkins used several deeply offensive slurs as he blamed his client’s and others’ alleged actions that day on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and below average intelligence.
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Now the "QAnon Shaman" wants to use autism as an excuse: Hell no

Jacob Anthony Angeli Chansley, known as the QAnon Shaman, is seen at the Capital riots. (Brent Stirton/Getty Images) Attorney Albert Watkins made news on Tuesday while trying to defend a man who participated in an attempted insurrection aimed at overturning a legitimate election. Watkins represents Jacob Chansley, the self-proclaimed QAnon Shaman who donned a horned headdress, animal skins and face paint, then joined a mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, in service of a president who had trained his supporters to believe there was no legitimate way he could lose an election. Chansley was charged within days of the riot with "knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, and with violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds." He has made it clear that, like most accused criminals, he does not want to be found guilty.
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The People Who Can’t Just Wear a Mask

Tim Jin is one of the people celebrating the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new guidance stating that vaccinated people do not have to wear masks. It is not because he is against masks or tired of wearing one—he is unable to. Jin, 46, has cerebral palsy and frequently drools. Fabric next to his mouth quickly becomes too wet to wear.