People with intellectual disabilities (ID) are one of the most medically underserved groups in the world and are often left out of most aspects of the health system, which has resulted in significant health disparities for this population. The intent of Inclusive Health is to support existing programs to become inclusive and accessible, rather than to create separate programs for people with ID. Including people with ID in existing health programs has the potential to improve health outcomes for people with ID while reducing health care costs for society. This resource provides practical information for any organization in the broader health system on how to take the first steps to make their policies and practices inclusive of people with ID to help close this gap in health outcomes.
This training, presented by Special Olympics Arkansas, will be held Friday, July 12, at St. Bernards Auditorium from 1-4 p.m. This event is open to all health fields and offers 3 CME, CNE or CDE hours.
Presenters for the training:
Dr. Stephen Beestra, and Dr James Hunt, and Camie Powell
Inclusive Health training; Providing Quality care for people with Intellectual Disabilities (ID)
Al Story (Parents perspective)
Special Olympics Inclusive Health movement
Practical inclusive Health Strategies
• Physical Environment
• Patient Transfers and Protective Stabilization
The Background behind this training
Trainings are designed to assist healthcare professionals in working successfully with adults and children with intellectual disabilities as they visit their professional practice. These trainings allow your practice to be a piece of our recommended medical provider network.
Why do we provide these trainings? In a survey exploring the training of health care professionals, more than 80% of U.S. medical school students report receiving no clinical training regarding people with intellectual disabilities; 66% report not receiving enough classroom instruction on intellectual disabilities. More than 50% of medical and dental school deans report that graduates of their programs are simply “not competent” to treat people with intellectual disabilities and more than half of students agree. Additionally, 50% of U.S. medical and dental school deans reported that clinical training to treat people with intellectual disabilities is not a high priority with most citing “lack of curriculum time” as the primary reason.
Even though they report a lack of instruction, approximately 75% of students express interest in treating people with intellectual disabilities as part of their careers if given the opportunity. Meanwhile, almost all administrators say they would implement a curriculum regarding treatment of people with intellectual disabilities if given one.
The lack of training of health care providers in caring for people with intellectual disabilities are chief reasons for the health disparities experienced by people with intellectual disabilities. This professional training focuses on providing health care providers tools to make them more confident when treating children and adults with intellectual disabilities.