NEW VIDEO HELPS PROFESSIONALS, FAMILY MEMBERS, AND PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES PREPARE FOR THE SUPPORTS INTENSITY SCALE ASSESSMENT INTERVIEW
A new video on the Supports Intensity Scale (SIS) assessment helps professionals, family members, and self-advocates learn more about the Scale and prepare for a SIS interview. The SIS is an assessment tool published by the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) to measure the support needs of adults with intellectual disabilities. The 12-minute video features experiences of self-advocates and providers who have been through the SIS interview as well as tips on interviewing from AAIDD senior trainers. AAIDD trainers also walk viewers through important sections of the SIS interview form.
The Supports Intensity Scale is in use across the United States and has been translated into at least ten languages. To learn more about SIS, visit www.siswebsite.org. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE NATIONAL SUMMIT ON DISABILITY, A FEDERAL, INVITATION-ONLY CONFERENCE, IS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FROM CONSUMERS AND INDIVIDUALS INVOLVED IN GRASSROOTS DISABILITY WORK BY OCTOBER 15, 2009
The National Summit on Disability, an invitation-only conference hosted by the federal National Council on Disability, is being held in 2010 in Washington, DC, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). The goal of the Summit is to develop recommendations to guide and improve disability policy and programs in the United States for the next decade. Consumers and individuals representing grassroots organizations are encouraged to complete a delegate application form. The deadline for submitting the application is October 15, 2009. To help ensure full participation, a limited number of scholarships are available for individuals with disabilities not representing an organization. To find out more, visit http://www.neweditions.net/ncd2010/index.html.
NEW ARTICLE DISCUSSES BEST PRACTICE PUBLIC POLICY OUTCOMES FOR PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES BASED ON THE UPCOMING 11TH EDITION OF THE DEFINITION MANUAL OF THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION ON INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
A new article published in the August 2009 issue of the journal, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities discusses how to apply the upcoming 11th edition of the AAIDD Definition Manual titled, Intellectual Disability: Definition, Classification, and Systems of Supports to promote changes in public policy to achieve desired outcomes for people with intellectual disabilities. Specifically, the article discusses (a) social factors that influence public policy and its adoption, (b) the core principles guiding disability policy, (c) desired policy outcomes arising from these core principles, and (d) a framework for implementing the 11th edition's definition of intellectual disability and its classification and supports planning components. This is the fifth series of articles published in preparation for the publication of of the 11th edition of the AAIDD definition manual.
To read “Public Policy and the Enhancement of Desired Outcomes for Persons With Intellectual Disability” by Karrie Shogren et al., click here. To download an FAQ on the upcoming AAIDD definition manual, Intellectual Disability: Definition, Classification, and Systems of Supports (11th edition), click here.
Stay tuned to the publication of Intellectual Disability at http://bookstore.aaidd.org.
NEW REPORT EXAMINES THE WORLDWIDE DEMOGRAPHIC AND SOCIOECONOMIC AFFECT OF AGING; PREVALENCE OF CHRONIC CONDITIONS IS INCREASING WHILE DISABILITY IS DECREASING IN DEVELOPED COUNTRIES
A new global study titled, An Aging World: 2008 commissioned by the National Institute on Aging and the U.S. Census Bureau examines nine international population trends and contains detailed information on life expectancy, health, disability, gender balance, marital status, living arrangements, education and literacy, labor force participation and retirement, and pensions among older people around the world. The average age of the world’s population is increasing at an unprecedented rate and the number of people worldwide age 65 and older will increase to 1.3 billion in 2040 from 506 million in 2008. The report examines the demographic and socioeconomic trends accompanying this phenomenon and contains a chapter on “Health and Disability”.
A NEW (FREE REGISTRATION) WEBINAR SERIES TO KICK OFF IN SEPTEMBER ON AGING AND END-OF-LIFE CARE FOR PEOPLE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) along with the RRTC on Aging and Developmental Disabilities at the University of Illinois at Chicago is hosting a series of webinars on aging and end-of-life care to promote community participation for adults with developmental disabilities who are aging as well as provide information on end-of-life support and care. The first of the webinars titled, “Key Issues in Healthcare Decision Making and Care at End of Life” will be held on September 16, 2009, and features Leigh Ann Kingsbury, author of the recently published People Planning Ahead: Communicating Healthcare and End-of-Life Wishes. For more information on the webinars, visit /content_276.cfm. To learn more about People Planning Ahead, click here.