Month: March 2020

Accessing Services for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities: Cultural and Linguistic Diversity

Developmental disabilities are conditions that affect an individual’s physical, intellectual, and behavioral abilities throughout a person’s life. Families raising a child with a developmental disability face many challenges when accessing services. Ethnic minorities face more difficulties when trying to access disability services. This is because ethnic minorities do not always have enough knowledge about community […]

Digital Storytelling Series – Raji from Fairfax, VA

Digital Storytelling Series – Raji from Fairfax, VA Raji is looking into the camera. He is sitting on a red-backed chair and wearing a green shirt.

Raji Azar Jr. is a 34 year-old autistic man from Fairfax, Virginia. In adolescence, Raji was placed into a variety of exclusive and inclusive situations with his peers due to his disability. Yet, despite many of the stigmas that might have held him back, he has earned an associate degree in Applied Sciences, and certificates […]

Mental Health Crossroads Podcast – Interview with Justin Olson

Mental Health Crossroads Podcast – Interview with Justin Olson Justin Olson and 2 Friends

Mental Health Crossroads Podcast – Interview with Justin Olson Recently we had the chance to talk with Justin Olson. He is a disability rights advocate from the Salt Lake City area of Utah. Justin was a founding member of the Becoming Leaders for Tomorrow, a grant-funded group of young adults created to educate pediatricians about […]

Plain Language Summary – How to Locate Services for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities: Caregiver Perspective

Plain Language Summary – How to Locate Services for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities: Caregiver Perspective

Plain Language Summary – How to Locate Services Available to Individuals with Developmental Disabilities: Caregiver Perspective Many parents of children with developmental disabilities do not feel like they know enough about resources available to their child. This information sheet talks about some resources for people with developmental disabilities of different ages. Note: Many of the […]

Digital Storytelling Series – Karina from Fairfax, VA

Digital Storytelling Series – Karina from Fairfax, VA A person stands before a wall, wearing a yellow button up shirt.

Karina Freilich is a 29-year-old autistic woman from Fairfax, VA. She was born in Russia but spent much of her childhood and adolescence adjusting to the education and mental health care systems in the United States, where she earned hastily presumed diagnoses of bipolar depression. Today, Karina has a part-time job with a positive community […]

Plain Language Summary – Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Rural Access to Care

Plain Language Summary – Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Rural Access to Care 5 doctors standing in a row

Plain Language Summary – Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Rural Access to Care People who have both a mental health diagnosis and a developmental disability diagnosis at thesame time can have difficulty getting good services. It is often easier for a person who only has one of these diagnoses at a time to find good […]