Impact: Feature Issue on Retirement and Aging for People with Intellectual, Developmental, and Other Disabilities


An issue in the Impact series exploring retirement, aging, and end-of-life decisions for people with intellectual, developmental, and other disabilities. These considerations are becoming more prominent as people with IDD live and work longer. Personal preferences and needs, relationships, and life circumstances must all be taken into account when supporting an older person with IDD to navigate this life stage.

This issue of Impact delves into this life stage, presenting articles assessing the state of inclusion for people with IDD as they grow older. Like workers without life-long disabilities, they have concerns about maintaining purpose and independence as they age. What does the concept of retirement mean for aging workers with disabilities? How should we talk about death around loved ones with disabilities? What do people with disabilities themselves say about what they want in retirement? How are families grappling with transition planning? How can the aging and disability communities work together better?

This issue explores these questions, and offers insights and stories.


Fall 2021 
Volume 34, Number 3
Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota
Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC-CL)


  • Community life
    • Aging and retirement