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Resources on Aging and Individuals with Disabilities
The following resources from around the country may be of interest to readers of this Impact.
- Aging and End of Life Webinar Series (http://www.aaidd.org/content_276.cfm). Information about upcoming Webinars as well as archives of materials and presentations from past Webinars in this series are available on the Web site of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD). This series, sponsored by AAIDD, the Association of University Centers on Disability, The Arc of the United States, ANCOR, and the RRTC on Aging with Developmental Disabilities (University of Illinois at Chicago) has included the following presentations, among others: "Dementia Among Adults with Down Syndrome: Individual Differences in Risk and Progression"; "Aging and End of Life: Crisis or Opportunity for Individuals and Service Providers?"; "Key Issues in Healthcare Decision Making and Care at End of Life: How to Use Person-Centered Practices to Support Quality Planning with People with Critical, Chronic and/or Terminal Illnesses"; and "End of Life Through a Cultural Lens."
- AbleData (www.abledata.com). This Web site provides objective information on assistive technology and rehabilitation equipment available to consumers, organizations, professionals, and caregivers in the United States. It includes a database of information on more than 22,000 assistive products of use to individuals with disabilities and persons who are aging, and for each provides a detailed description of the product's functions and features, price (when available), and contact information for the product's manufacturer and/or distributors. It also offers information on non-commercial prototypes, customized and one-of-a-kind products, and do-it-yourself designs. AbleData is sponsored by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), U.S. Department of Education.
- "Health Disparities Among Latinas Aging with Disabilities" (Family & Community Health, 2009, 32(1). Latinas with disabilities report greater levels of disablement than non-Hispanic White women with disabilities. Latinas experience increased numbers of functional limitations, more difficulties with activities of daily living, and more unemployment due to impairments. The reasons for this disparity are unclear. This journal article explores the empirical evidence surrounding health disparities in disablement among Mexican American women and makes recommendations for responding. See http://journals.lww.com/familyandcommunityhealth/fulltext/2009/01001/Health_Disparities_Among_Latinas_Aging_With.6.aspx.
- RRTCADD Clearinghouse on Aging and Developmental Disabilities (http://www.rrtcadd.org/Resource/Home.html). In this clearinghouse are publications, products, and bibliographies on topics pertaining to aging with developmental disabilities. Major topics include health, caregiving, self-advocacy, policy, service delivery, and assistive technology. Special topics of interest include women's health, dementia care, end of life care, and bridging the aging and disability networks. It is operated by the RRTC on Aging with Developmental Disabilities, University of Illinois at Chicago.
- A Guide to Building Community Membership. By Jane Harlan, Jennie Todd, & Peggy Holtz. This guide outlines methods for finding positively valued roles and relationships that will bring adults with disabilities into the web of community life. It discusses the special challenges and opportunities of community building with aging persons. The text interweaves information, strategies, training activities, and tools for community builders. Published by the Center on Aging and Community at Indiana University's Institute on Disability and Community. Available from Training Resources Network Inc. at http://www.trninc.com/pdfs/TRNCatalog10.pdf or 904/823-9800.
- Journeys in Progress: Stories From the Community. In this DVD the viewer will meet four older adults with disabilities and follow their journeys as they discover valued roles in community. By working on a one-to-one basis with a community builder, they have been introduced to a variety of community activities. The viewer will hear from many of the people in these individuals' lives as they describe the gifts these four bring to their communities. A second DVD, Cultivating Community: Landmarks of the Journey, is a sequel and further describes the community building process as six older adults with disabilities discover their interests and abilities, get connected to activities and organizations in the community, take on valued roles, and explore social relationships. Published by the Center on Aging and Community at Indiana University's Institute on Disability and Community. Available from Training Resources Network Inc. at http://www.trninc.com/pdfs/TRNCatalog10.pdf or 904/823-9800.
- Women with Disabilities Aging Well: A Global View. By Patricia Noonan Walsh & Barbara LeRoy. What do women with developmental disabilities experience as they age, and what can service providers and researchers learn from their stories? That question is the focus of this book, which weaves informative research with the oral histories of more than 160 women in 18 countries. Published by Lash & Associates Publishing/Training, Inc. and available at http://www.lapublishing.com/women-disabilities-aging or 919/562-0015.
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Retrieved from the Web site of the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota (http://ici.umn.edu/products/impact/231). Citation: Heller, T., Stafford, P., Davis, L.A., Sedlezky, L., & Gaylord, V. (Eds.). (Winter 2010). Impact: Feature Issue on Aging and People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 23(1). [Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration].
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