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 […]
Plain Language Summary: Increasing Caregiver Awareness: Helping Identify Anxiety and Depression in Individuals with Down Syndrome Down syndrome is a disorder that occurs in about 1 in 700 people. People with Down syndrome have unique problems that can contribute to mental health issues throughout their lives. Anxiety and depression are the most common emotional problems […]
Micah Peace is a twenty-six year old autistic person from Louisville, KY. After receiving a false diagnosis of Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder, they lived much of their childhood and adolescence confused about why pharmaceutical medications seemed to produce a negative effect on their behavior and habits. During their transition into college, Micah spoke with other professionals about the possibility of being autistic. As a result, their life trajectory has changed for the better. Micah now advocates for others with autism, as a founding member of the Kentucky Autism Spectrum Alliance.
In her interview, Jessica talks about dealing with anxiety and depression, therapy, and reading about Asperger’s for the first time.
Plain Language Summary: How to Locate Services Available to Individuals with Developmental Disabilities: Caregiver Perspective Many parents and caregivers of children with developmental disabilities have difficulty navigating resources that can be helpful to them. Since some U.S. states provide varying services, the information provided below is based on what is available in the majority of […]
When a person turns 18 in the United States, they are called a legal adult. A legal adult is given rights, like voting and signing forms for themselves. When a person becomes a legal adult, they usually become their own legal guardian too. A legal guardian makes other important choices, like medical decisions. Sometimes a judge will decide that […]
Trauma is when a person experiences an event, series of events, or situation that causes lasting negative effects. The traumatic event or situation is viewed by the person as being physically or emotionally harmful or life-threatening. People with disabilities have a greater risk of experiencing trauma, because they are more likely to experience unfair treatment. […]
Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Rural Access to Care