In 2011, Canadian guidelines on the care of adults with IDD were published with the aim of increasing preventive care. Though these recommend adults with IDD receive an annual health examination, recent MAPS study showed no increase in uptake of such examinations since 2011. Read the possible reasons why, in addition to other results, here: https://bit.ly/2J6mfDl
While it is recommended that adults with IDD see their primary care physician regularly for a comprehensive health examination, less than a quarter in Ontario do so. A recently published study based on interviews with adults with IDD identifies their experiences and their needs when scheduling, traveling to, and attending these medical appointments. Read the findings here: https://bit.ly/2vKyr4g
Self-determination for people revolves around the idea of maintaining or improving quality of life through autonomy. Previous literature has identified lower levels of self-determination in individuals with IDD and methods to develop this determination. However, less research looks at how the family structure supports and enables self-determination. One MAPS study looking at how two families promoted self-determination for young adults with IDD found a balance between short- and long-term goals, focusing on a stepwise progression for independence and choice. Read more about these two families and how they built self-determination for the young adults here: https://bit.ly/2vkkREd
Congratulations to MAPS trainee Amy Choi for presenting her undergraduate thesis at the 2019 OADD RSIG Day in Niagara Falls! Her thesis investigated the relationship between polypharmacy, or taking more than 5 medications, and IDD status in older adults assessed for home care.