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Feature Issue on Supporting Wellness for Adults 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 29 Number 1 Winter 2016
From the Editors
Wellness is a rapidly growing area of focus for people across the U.S. The popularity of health advice segments on TV news and talk shows, of high tech fitness tracking devices and apparel, and of stress management and meditation workshops are a few of the indicators of a growing interest in whole-person well-being. For individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, the benefits of attending to wellness are at least as great as those experienced by the rest of the population. But the opportunities to access wellness activities and resources are not necessarily as available.
This Impact issue presents wellness as touching all areas of life for individuals with disabilities – physical, social, vocational, spiritual, emotional, psychological – with choice-making and inclusion as keys. It offers ways in which disability service providers, health and wellness professionals, community fitness and recreation programs, employers, advocates, individuals with disabilities, and their families can help ensure that opportunities to choose and engage in wellness activities are as available to individuals with disabilities as to anyone else. And it shares examples of those leading the way in supporting attention to life areas that are essential to everyone’s well-being – healthy activity, social connections, pleasure and meaning, supportive relationships, and participation in health care.
Beth Terrill: Getting Fit with My Fitbit (sidebar)
Church Means Lots of Things to Morgan (sidebar)
John’s Road to Wellness (sidebar)
Managing Editor: Vicki Gaylord
Meg Traci, Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities, University of Montana, Missoula
Kelly Hsieh, Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Developmental Disabilities and Health, University of Illinois at Chicago
Lynda Anderson, Research and Training Center on Community Living, Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota
Impact is published by the Institute on Community Integration (UCEDD), and the Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC), College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota. It is supported, in part, by Grant #90DD0001 from the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), to the Institute; and Grant #90RT5019 from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), HHS, to the RTC. Additional support for this issue was provided by Grant #90RT5020 from NIDILRR to the RRTC on Developmental Disabilities and Health, University of Illinois at Chicago; and Grant/Cooperative Agreement #2U59DD000991-04 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS, to the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities, University of Montana.
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 Health and Human Services, and endorsement by the Federal Government should not be assumed.
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Citation: Traci, M., Hsieh, K., Anderson, L., & Gaylord, V. (Eds.). (Winter 2016). Impact: Feature issue on supporting wellness for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, 29(1). [Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration and Research and Training Center on Community Living]. Retrieved from https://ici.umn.edu/products/impact/291/
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