Tag: Fact Sheet

SMART Goals & Mental Health

Plain Language Summary: SMART Goals & Mental Health Goal setting can be used as a therapeutic tool to improve mental health. It can be a helpful intervention if other therapeutic tools are difficult to adapt to meet client needs, especially for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD). Goal setting is a form of self-determination. […]

Universal Design

Plain Language Summary: Universal Design Most people will have a disability during their lifetime or will know someone who does. Also, the way we interact with the world can be affected in many ways. Some examples are breaking a bone, being pregnant, or not being able to focus in a noisy environment. This is why […]

Determinantes sociales que afectan la salud de la comunidad hispana/latinx con discapacidades (Social Determinants Affecting the Health of the Hispanic/Latinx Community with Disabilities)

Resumen en lenguaje sencillo: Determinantes sociales que afectan la salud de la comunidad hispana/latinx con discapacidades Nota: Elegimos utilizar tanto hispanos como latinos para incluir a personas de varios países. Esto se debe a que las opiniones difieren sobre qué países incluyen cada uno de los términos hispanos y latinos. Además, usamos Latinx porque es […]

Intimate Partner Violence & People with Disabilities Fact Sheet

Domestic violence can mean the abuse of children, other family members, and romantic partners. Intimate partner violence (IPV) is one example of domestic violence and specifically means the abuse of a current or past romantic partner. Every year more than 10 million people in the United States experience IPV. But many people who experience IPV […]

El trastorno del espectro autista y la comunidad hispana-latinx (Autism Spectrum Disorder and the Hispanic/Latinx Community)

Resumen en Lenguaje Sencillo: El Trastorno del Espectro Autista (TEA) y la Comunidad Hispana / Latinx La tasa o promedio de personas identificadas con el trastorno del espectro autista (TEA) en los Estados Unidos ha aumentado significativamente. Pero el TEA continúa siendo infra-diagnosticado (en menor número) y diagnosticado más tarde en la comunidad hispana / […]

Motivational Interviewing for People with Developmental Disabilities

Plain Language Summary: Motivational Interviewing for People with Developmental Disabilities Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a type of therapy that helps a client (person that a professional helps) increase their motivation and change their behavior. MI doesn’t always have to be used by therapists and can be used by anyone providing a service to someone (professional). […]

Self-Determination & Dignity of Risk

Plain Language Summary: Self-Determination & Dignity of Risk Self-determination is a right that all people have. It means that they have a right to make their own choices and set their own goals. People with developmental disabilities (DD) also have this right, and should have support in achieving self-determination. Dignity of risk means being able […]

Stress and Coping

Everyone experiences stress. Difficult situations can bring on negative emotions and sometimes feel like too much. People do not always know how to deal with these emotions. We can all learn to improve how we handle stress.  Stress is natural. It is a physical and mental reaction to life experiences. Stress can be triggered by everyday […]

Mental Health Among Older Adults with Disabilities

As people get older, they have a higher chance of having disabilities. People that already have one or more disabilities may face more concerns. Social isolation and loneliness increase the risk of mental health concerns. Social isolation means that someone is having very few social contacts or connections. When people do not have enough social […]

Dual Diagnosis 101

People who experience dual diagnosis are people who experience a developmental disability and a mental health concern. It is a common condition and 30-35% of people with developmental disabilities also experience mental health concerns. Developmental Disability is a term that includes disabilities that can be cognitive, or physical, or both. These disabilities appear before the age of 22 and are […]