NIDILRR-funded Consumer Products: People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

According to the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute on Child Health and Human Development (NICHHD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are “differences that are usually present at birth and that uniquely affect the trajectory of the individual’s physical, intellectual, and/or emotional development.” Many IDDs affect multiple body parts or systems, such as the nervous and sensory systems. Intellectual disabilities may begin any time before a child turns 18 years old and may be characterized by differences in intellectual functioning, which includes the ability to learn, reason, and other skills, and adaptive behavior, which includes everyday life and social skills. The term “developmental disabilities” is a broader category of lifelong challenges that may be intellectual, physical, or both. IDDs may include Down syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, and Prader-Willi syndrome.

Children and adults with IDDs have unique abilities and may live well into their 80s or 90s independently in the communities of their choice, just like their peers without disabilities. However, people with IDDs may require supports to live independently, participate in their communities, and take advantage of the same opportunities as their peers. These supports may include supported housing, social skills training, supported competitive employment, financial resources, family supports, accommodations, and/or accessible public transportation. Social inclusion not only benefits people with IDD to live their best lives and be a part of the communities of their choice, but also benefits the community at large by helping everyone with or without IDDs to connect, work together, and play together.

NARIC’s information specialists are often asked for information and resources about supports, accommodations, and social inclusion for and by people with IDD, their families, and service providers. This month, we are highlighting evidence-based consumer products from the NIDILRR community for this community, which may include guides, calendars, factsheets, and more.

Below, you will find just a few examples of evidence-based consumer products produced by the NIDILRR community:

To learn more about these and other products from the NIDILRR community, contact NARIC’s information specialists.

About mpgarcia

I'm the Bilingual Information/Media Specialist at NARIC.
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