It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that nutrition services provided by registered dietitians (RDs) and dietetic technicians, registered (DTRs), are essential components of comprehensive care for all people with developmental disabilities and special health care needs. Nutrition services should be provided throughout life in a manner that is interdisciplinary, family-centered, community-based, and… Read More »»
Position of the American Dietetic Association: Providing nutrition services for people with developmental disabilities and special health care needs.
The Healthy Lifestyle Change Program: a pilot of a community-based health promotion intervention for adults with developmental disabilities.
BACKGROUND: Although adults with developmental disabilities are at high risk for obesity and its sequelae, few community-based lifestyle interventions targeting those with developmental disabilities exist. DESIGN: The study was a single group, community-based demonstration project with pre-post test evaluation conducted from December 2005 to June 2006. SETTING/PARTICIPANTS: Eligible participants were 431 community-dwelling adults with developmental… Read More »»
Historically residential facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities have served the role of segregation and congregation with no real focus on integration into the community. More recently the focus has been to get people out of residential institutions and into community-based living settings. This work examines an approach to changing the systems and culture at… Read More »»
Nutrition and adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities: systematic literature review results.
Approximately 4.5 million Americans have an intellectual or developmental disability. Concern is increasing about these individuals’ nutrition-related behavior and its implications for their health. This article reports on a systematic search of the current literature listed in the PsycINFO and PubMed databases related to nutritional status of adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities. The authors… Read More »»
Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. Although few tobacco control efforts target individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, this population may be especially vulnerable to the deleterious effects of tobacco use and dependence. Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities suffer from the health, financial, and stigmatizing effects of… Read More »»
Conceptualizing community: a comparison of neighborhood characteristics of supportive housing for persons with psychiatric and developmental disabilities.
Housing and services for persons with developmental disabilities (DD) have been shaped by the normalization approach, a commitment to full integration within the general community. In contrast, housing and services for persons with psychiatric disabilities (PD) have had various and sometimes conflicting goals, including provision of custodial care, promotion of therapeutic community, and community integration.… Read More »»
MENU-AIDDs© Nutritional Health Promotion for Community-dwelling Adults with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities
The University of Montana’s Rural Institute Format Health Promotion Program The MENU-AIDDs health promotion program packages standard nutrition recommendations, such as the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPyramid, to work for people with intellectual disabilities and their supporters. MENU-AIDDs consists of two parts with optional evaluation consultation available: written materials which includes a 180-page… Read More »»
“Health Promotion Pilot Programs Evaluation: Improving Athletes’ Health”, December 2005 Prepared by Special Olympics, the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Aging with Developmental Disabilities, and the Department of Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois at Chicago Format Report In 2002, Special Olympics initiated locally-based Health Promotion pilot programs for athletes that lasted several… Read More »»
National Center for Physical Activity and Disability Format Fact Sheet This fact sheet has information on nutritional needs as well as approaches to healthy lifestyles for people with Down syndrome. Contact URL http://www.ncpad.org/nutrition/fact_sheet.php?sheet=197&view=all Contact Agency National Center on Physical Activity and Disability 1640 W. Roosevelt Road Chicago, IL 60608-6904 (800) 900-8086
“Bone Builders” Special Olympics Format Brochure This brochure, geared toward and written for athletes in the Special Olympics, explains: the importance of taking care of one’s bones, how to know if one has strong bones, steps to building strong bones, examples of bone-building foods from the major food groups, the importance of… Read More »»