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Feature Issue on Aging and People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Published by the Institute on Community Integration (UCEDD) and the Research and Training Center on Community Living, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota Volume 23 Number 1 Winter 2010
From the Editors
“What can be done today to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are aging?” That’s the focus of this issue of Impact. The articles in these pages give a variety of responses to the question. From self-advocates we hear of the importance of having opportunities to be active participants in their communities, to be listened to as they speak up for themselves, and to continue to pursue their own goals and dreams for their lives. From siblings we hear about the necessity to respond to the concerns that keep them awake at night as they deal with the aging of all their family members, including parents who may have been primary caregivers for their brothers or sisters with disabilities. From researchers we hear of the policy and service issues that need to be addressed as the number of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities over 60 years of age is projected to grow to 1.2 million in the next 20 years. And we hear from practitioners as they describe some of the promising approaches to ensuring quality service and supports that address the physical, social, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of aging with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our hope is that readers of this issue will find some fresh perspectives and information that will be useful to them as they journey with the aging adults with disabilities who are in their lives.
There Was a Day (sidebar)
Managing Editor: Vicki Gaylord
Tamar Heller, Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Aging with Developmental Disabilities, University of Illinois at Chicago
Philip B. Stafford, Center on Aging and Community, Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Indiana University, Bloomington
Leigh Ann Davis, The Arc of the United States
Lori Sedlezky, Research and Training Center on Community Living, University of Minnesota
Impact is published by the Institute on Community Integration (UCEDD), and the Research and Training Center on Community Living and Employment, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota. This issue was supported, in part, by Grant #90DD0654 from the Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD), US Department of Health and Human Services; and Grant #H133B080005 from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), US Department of Education. Additional support was provided by Grant #H133B080009 from NIDRR to the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Aging with Developmental Disabilities, University of Illinois at Chicago; and by Grant #90DD0609 from ADD to the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Indiana University, Bloomington.
The views expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Institute, Center or University. The content does not necessarily represent the policy of the US Department of Education or the US Department of Health and Human Services, and endorsement by the Federal Government should not be assumed.
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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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