Tag: Fact Sheet

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 […]

Increasing Caregiver Awareness: Helping Identify Anxiety and Depression in Individuals with Down Syndrome

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 […]

How to Locate Services Available to Individuals with Developmental Disabilities: Caregiver Perspective

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 […]

Guardianship and Supported Decision Making

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-Informed Care for People with Developmental Disabilities

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. […]