Compared to the general population, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) experience several health disparities and barriers to quality healthcare. As a direct support professional (DSP), you can address barriers to health and wellness for the people you serve. This course will provide information on these healthcare barriers and give you tools for assessing the health needs of the individuals you serve. This course is the first in a five-part series on health needs for people with IDD.
This activity is approved for 0.75 contact hours.
Section 1: Introduction
A. About This Course
B. Learning Objectives
Section 2: Healthcare Needs of People with Disabilities
A. Dani’s Dental Dilemma
B. Health Outcomes for People with Disabilities
C. Health Care Barriers
Section 3: Assessing Health Needs
A. Assessing Health Needs
B. Physical Signs and Symptoms
C. Behavioral Health Assessment
Section 5: Conclusion
B. Course Contributor
Nellie Galindo received her Masters of Social Work and Masters of Science in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has worked with individuals with disabilities in several different settings, including working as a direct service provider for individuals with mental illness and leading a youth program for young adults with disabilities. She has facilitated and created trainings for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the areas of self-advocacy, healthy relationships, sexual health education, and violence and abuse prevention. Mrs. Galindo has worked in state government assisting individuals with disabilities obtain accessible health information in their communities, as well as utilizing the Americans with Disabilities Act to ensure equal access to healthcare services. Disclosure: Nellie Galindo, MSW, MSPH has no Relevant Financial or Non-Financial Relationship with ineligible companies to disclose.
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