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What Does Growing Older Mean to Me? Some Thoughts From Adults with Disabilities

compiled by Jane Harlan-Simmons and Maribeth Mooney

We recently asked a dozen adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities what they think about growing older. Below are some of their thoughts on the question.





Compiled and edited by Jane Harlan-Simmons and Maribeth Mooney, Research Associates, Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Bloomington. They can be reached at 812/855-6508, 812/855-9396 (TT) or by e-mail at and Most responses came from longer conversations within the context of in-person discussion groups.


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Retrieved from the Web site of the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota ( 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].

The PDF version of this Impact, with photos and graphics, is also online at

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