Adult Siblings of Individuals with Disabilities

Sibling relationships are often the longest-lasting relationships that children form. Like all siblings, they may or may not develop close emotional relationships depending on individual differences and circumstances. Regardless, a child’s reaction to a sibling with a disability will have a lasting effect on siblings’ self-esteem and emotional development.  General Well-Being of Siblings According to… Read more Adult Siblings of Individuals with Disabilities

Adolescent & Young Adult Siblings of Individuals with Disabilities

Growing up with a sibling with a disability Sibling relationships often are the longest-lasting relationships that children form. Relationships vary greatly, based on the ages, gender and age span of the children, their shared interests and their family’s lifestyle. Variations in closeness, time spent together, and warmth in sibling relationships are expected in families where… Read more Adolescent & Young Adult Siblings of Individuals with Disabilities

Connecting Individuals With Disabilities With Meaningful Employment

The overall unemployment rate for individuals with disabilities is 12.7% (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Nov. 2012), and according to a report from the President’s Committee for People With Intellectual Disabilities (2004), individuals with severe disabilities, such as an intellectual disability or autism, the unemployment rate fluctuates between 80-90%. It is clear that individuals with disabilities… Read more Connecting Individuals With Disabilities With Meaningful Employment

Home Visits

Home Visit Best Practices: Using the Elevate AIDET Principle Acknowledge all family members. Knock, smile, make eye contact, and be pleasant. Introduce yourself and your role.  Duration. At the start, state how long the overall visit will take, and during the visit you may want to state the length of particular tasks. Explain all processes… Read more Home Visits

Accompanying an Individual to the Doctor

What is the reason for today’s visit? Adults with intellectual or other developmental disabilities may have difficulties explaining their symptoms or expressing pain, so the health care provider may have trouble determining the presence of an illness or injury. Having a direct support professional who knows the patient, knows how the patient communicates, and knows… Read more Accompanying an Individual to the Doctor