AAHD has worked with numerous national colations during 2011 to promote the health and wellness of people with disabilities. The association has been busy advocating for appropriate implementation of the Affordable Care Act for people with disabilities: Securing essential health benefits Ensuring access to health insurance exchanges and to accountable care organizations Using health information… Read More »»
Augmentative and alternative communication and cell phone use: one off-the-shelf solution and some policy considerations.
Use of cell phones has grown dramatically; however, there remains a gap between people with disabilities and the general public in regard to access to cellular telephony. This article describes the importance of cell phone use among people who use augmentative communication devices. An “off-the-shelf” solution is described and illustrated with the goal of improving… Read More »»
National survey of sexual behavior and sexual behavior policies in facilities for individuals with mental retardation/developmental disabilities.
To obtain information regarding sexual behavior and related policies in state residential facilities for individuals with mental retardation/developmental disabilities, we sent surveys to 168 members listed in the Association of Public Developmental Disabilities Administrators 1998-1999 directory. Response rate was 68.5%. For the 46 facilities where 50% or fewer of clients had profound retardation, sexual relations… Read More »»
This paper reviews the major efforts being made to reform the child welfare system for children with special needs who are in protective placements. Barriers to finding permanent and loving homes result in putting these children at high risk of institutionalization, poor physical and emotional health, and abuse and neglect. Education for prospective parents, foster… Read More »»
State policy and practice regarding substance abuse treatment services for medicaid recipients with disabilities.
This article presents the results of an exploratory study conducted to identify best practice Medicaid managed care models for people with disabilities who need substance abuse treatment services. These results suggest that there is wide variation in the managed care strategies that states use to provide substance abuse treatment services to the SSI disabled population,… Read More »»
Health promotion for people with disabilities: the emerging paradigm shift from disability prevention to prevention of secondary conditions.
The premise of this article is that, until recently, health promotion for people with disabilities has been a neglected area of interest on the part of the general health community. Today, researchers, funding agencies, and health care providers and consumers are leading an effort to establish higher-quality health care for the millions of Americans with… Read More »»