The April 5th edition of Disability & Public News from the American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) features the NIDILRR-funded Research and Training Center on Community Living and Institute on Community Integration publication – Impact: Feature issue on supporting wellness for adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.
April is Autism Awareness Month and we just wrapped up Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in March so this latest issue of Impact provides a timely collection of articles on advocating and promoting wellness for individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. Articles provide an overview on wellness, workplace wellness programs, the importance of spirituality and personal support networks, health promotion in the community (including wellness in individual service plans), modeling health and wellness behaviors in disability services, and capacity building in the area of health promotion.
The issue included individual wellness experiences such as self-reflections on wellness, self-defense, and spirituality. Also profiled were community partnerships in Montana, health and wellness modeling through disability services in Minnesota, and a multi-level approach to health promotion capacity building in Kentucky. The issue also included various “how-tos” on physical activity, physical health, and quality of life/well-being (mental health) as well guidance for professionals on incorporating physical and mental wellness into individual service plans, utilizing direct support staff in promoting health and wellness, and the prevention of polypharmacy (i.e. the use of more medications than medically unnecessary).
Impact: Feature Issue on Supporting Wellness for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is available in full-text for FREE at ici.umn.edu/products/impact/291/291.pdf or online at ici.umn.edu/products/impact/291/default.html. For more information on Impact and/or to subscribe or view previous issues of Impact please visit ici.umn.edu/index.php?products/view_all/14.