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Associated issues[ edit ] Physical health issues[ edit ] There are many physical health factors associated with developmental disabilities. For some specific syndromes and diagnoses, these are inherent, such as poor heart function in people with Down syndrome.

People with severe communication difficulties find it difficult to articulate their health needs, and without adequate support and education might not recognize ill health. Epilepsy , sensory problems such as poor vision and hearing , obesity and poor dental health are over-represented in this population.

Mental health issues dual diagnoses [ edit ] Mental health issues, and psychiatric illnesses , are more likely to occur in people with developmental disabilities than in the general population. A number of factors are attributed to the high incidence rate of dual diagnoses: With this information psychological diagnoses are more easily given than with the general population that has less consistent monitoring.

Access to health care providers: With consistent visits to health care providers more people with developmental disabilities are likely to receive appropriate treatment than the general population that is not required to visit various health care providers. These problems are exacerbated by difficulties in diagnosis of mental health issues, and in appropriate treatment and medication, as for physical health issues.

Common types of abuse include: Physical abuse withholding food, hitting, punching, pushing, etc. Neglect withholding help when required, e. Psychological reactions to abuse were similar to those observed in the general population, but with the addition of stereotypical behaviour. The more serious the abuse, the more severe the symptoms that were reported.

In addition to abuse from people in positions of power, peer abuse is recognized as a significant, if misunderstood, problem. Rates of criminal offense among people with developmental disabilities are also disproportionately high, and it is widely acknowledged that criminal justice systems throughout the world are ill-equipped for the needs of people with developmental disabilitiesóas both perpetrators and victims of crime.

Challenging behaviour Some people with developmental disabilities exhibit challenging behavior, defined as "culturally abnormal behaviour s of such intensity, frequency or duration that the physical safety of the person or others is placed in serious jeopardy, or behaviour which is likely to seriously limit or deny access to the use of ordinary community facilities".

A lot of the time, challenging behavior is learned and brings rewards and it is very often possible to teach people new behaviors to achieve the same aims. Challenging behavior in people with developmental disabilities can often be associated with specific mental health problems. This is especially the case where the services deliver lifestyles and ways of working that are centered on what suits the service provider and its staff, rather than what best suits the person.

In general, behavioral interventions or what has been termed applied behavior analysis has been found to be effective in reducing specific challenging behavior. Until the Enlightenment in Europe, care and asylum was provided by families and the Church in monasteries and other religious communities , focusing on the provision of basic physical needs such as food, shelter and clothing. Stereotypes such as the dimwitted village idiot , and potentially harmful characterizations such as demonic possession for people with epilepsy were prominent in social attitudes of the time.

Early in the twentieth century, the eugenics movement became popular throughout the world. This led to the forced sterilization and prohibition of marriage in most of the developed world and was later used by Hitler as rationale for the mass murder of mentally challenged individuals during the Holocaust.

The eugenics movement was later thought to be seriously flawed and in violation of human rights and the practice of forced sterilization and prohibition from marriage was discontinued by most of the developed world by the mid 20th century. The movement towards individualism in the 18th and 19th centuries, and the opportunities afforded by the Industrial Revolution , led to housing and care using the asylum model.

People were placed by, or removed from, their families usually in infancy and housed in large institutions of up to 3, people, although some institutions were home to many more, such as the Philadelphia State Hospital in Pennsylvania which housed 7, people through the s , many of which were self-sufficient through the labor of the residents.

Some of these institutions provided a very basic level of education such as differentiation between colors and basic word recognition and numeracy , but most continued to focus solely on the provision of basic needs. Conditions in such institutions varied widely, but the support provided was generally non-individualized, with aberrant behavior and low levels of economic productivity regarded as a burden to society.

Heavy tranquilization and assembly line methods of support such as "birdfeeding" and cattle herding [ clarification needed ] were the norm, and the medical model of disability prevailed. Services were provided based on the relative ease to the provider, not based on the human needs of the individual.

Their earliest efforts included workshops for special education teachers and daycamps for disabled children, all at a time when such training and programs were almost nonexistent. This book posited that society characterizes people with disabilities as deviant , sub-human and burdens of charity, resulting in the adoption of that "deviant" role.

Wolfensberger argued that this dehumanization, and the segregated institutions that result from it, ignored the potential productive contributions that all people can make to society. He pushed for a shift in policy and practice that recognized the human needs of "retardates" and provided the same basic human rights as for the rest of the population. The publication of this book may be regarded as the first move towards the widespread adoption of the social model of disability in regard to these types of disabilities, and was the impetus for the development of government strategies for desegregation.

From the s to the present, most U. Along with the work of Wolfensberger and others including Gunnar and Rosemary Dybwad, [28] a number of scandalous revelations around the horrific conditions within state institutions created public outrage that led to change to a more community-based method of providing services. In most countries, this was essentially complete by the late s, although the debate over whether or not to close institutions persists in some states, including Massachusetts.

Services and support[ edit ] Today, support services are provided by government agencies, non-governmental organizations and by private sector providers. Support services address most aspects of life for people with developmental disabilities, and are usually theoretically based in community inclusion, using concepts such as social role valorization and increased self-determination using models such as Person Centred Planning.

There also are a number of non-profit agencies dedicated to enriching the lives of people living with developmental disabilities and erasing the barriers they have to being included in their community.

Special education Education and training opportunities for people with developmental disabilities have expanded greatly in recent times, with many governments mandating universal access to educational facilities, and more students moving out of special schools and into mainstream classrooms with support. Post-secondary education and vocational training is also increasing for people with these types of disabilities, although many programs offer only segregated "access" courses in areas such as literacy , numeracy and other basic skills.

There are also some vocational training centers that cater specifically to people with disabilities, providing the skills necessary to work in integrated settings, one of the largest being Dale Rogers Training Center in Oklahoma City. See also Intensive interaction At-home and community support[ edit ] Many people with developmental disabilities live in the general community, either with family members, in supervised-group homes or in their own homes that they rent or own, living alone or with flatmates.

At-home and community supports range from one-to-one assistance from a support worker with identified aspects of daily living such as budgeting , shopping or paying bills to full hour support including assistance with household tasks, such as cooking and cleaning , and personal care such as showering, dressing and the administration of medication.

The need for full hour support is usually associated with difficulties recognizing safety issues such as responding to a fire or using a telephone or for people with potentially dangerous medical conditions such as asthma or diabetes who are unable to manage their conditions without assistance.

The DSP works in assisting the individual with their ADLs and also acts as an advocate for the individual with a developmental disability, in communicating their needs, self-expression and goals. Supports of this type also include assistance to identify and undertake new hobbies or to access community services such as education , learning appropriate behavior or recognition of community norms, or with relationships and expanding circles of friends.

Residential accommodation[ edit ] Some people with developmental disabilities live in residential accommodation also known as group homes with other people with similar assessed needs. These homes are usually staffed around the clock, and usually house between 3 and 15 residents.

The prevalence of this type of support is gradually decreasing, however, as residential accommodation is replaced by at-home and community support, which can offer increased choice and self-determination for individuals.

Support to access or participate in integrated employment, in a workplace in the general community. This may include specific programs to increase the skills needed for successful employment work preparation , one-to-one or small group support for on-the-job training, or one-to-one or small group support after a transition period such as advocacy when dealing with an employer or a bullying colleague, or assistance to complete an application for a promotion.

The provision of specific employment opportunities within segregated business services. Although these are designed as "transitional" services teaching work skills needed to move into integrated employment , many people remain in such services for the duration of their working life. The types of work performed in business services include mailing and packaging services, cleaning, gardening and landscaping, timberwork, metal fabrication, farming and sewing.

Workers with developmental disabilities have historically been paid less for their labor than those in the general workforce, although this is gradually changing with government initiatives, the enforcement of anti-discrimination legislation and changes in perceptions of capability in the general community.

They include heightened placement efforts by the community agencies serving people with developmental disabilities, as well as by government agencies.

Additionally, state-level initiatives are being launched to increase employment among workers with disabilities. The Committee has been examining additions to existing community employment services, and also new employment approaches. Committee member Lou Vismara, chairman of the MIND Institute at University of California, Davis , is pursuing the development of a planned community for persons with autism and related disorders in the Sacramento region.

Day services[ edit ] Non-vocational day services are usually known as day centers, and are traditionally segregated services offering training in life skills such as meal preparation and basic literacy , center-based activities such as crafts, games and music classes and external activities such as day trips. Some more progressive day centers also support people to access vocational training opportunities such as college courses , and offer individualized outreach services planning and undertaking activities with the individual, with support offered one-to-one or in small groups.

Traditional day centers were based on the principles of occupational therapy , and were created as respite for family members caring for their loved ones with disabilities. This is slowly changing, however, as programs offered become more skills-based and focused on increasing independence. Advocacy[ edit ] Advocacy is a burgeoning support field for people with developmental disabilities.

Advocacy groups now exist in most jurisdictions, working collaboratively with people with disabilities for systemic change such as changes in policy and legislation and for changes for individuals such as claiming welfare benefits or when responding to abuse.

Most advocacy groups also work to support people, throughout the world, to increase their capacity for self-advocacy , teaching the skills necessary for people to advocate for their own needs. Other types of support[ edit ] Other types of support for people with developmental disabilities may include: Studies have been done testing specific scenarios on how what is the most beneficial way to educate people.

Interventions are a great way to educate people, but also the most time consuming. With the busy schedules that everybody has, it is found to be difficult to go about the intervention approach.

Another scenario that was found to be not as beneficial, but more realistic in the time sense was Psychoeducational approach. They focus on informing people on what abuse is, how to spot abuse, and what to do when spotted.


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