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IntellectAbility’s roots began in 1992. Along with training courses, webinars, and materials, IntellectAbility is the sole developer, producer, and distributor of the web-based Health Risk Screening Tool (HRST). The HRST is the most widely used and validated health risk screening instrument for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

IntellectAbility focus is on developing tools and training for the person-centered support of such vulnerable populations. Through the education of government agencies and service providers, IntellectAbility aims to improve lives. With unrelenting focus, IntellectAbility works to fulfill its mission of improving the health and quality of life for people faced with these types of vulnerabilities.

 

In this installment, I check in with Dr. Craig Escudé, president of IntellectAbility, about the challenges of providing care to individuals with an intellectual or developmental disability (IDD) and how new tools can support those efforts. 

Family Physician Dr. Craig Escudé, MD, FAAFP discusses the mental risks associated with social distancing for people with disabilities. 

“It has been shown that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are at greater risk from a significant infection and actually at a greater risk of dying,” said Dr. Escudé. 

A storyline I’ve heard recounted many times in my work as a physician in this field is that doctors just don’t understand the healthcare needs of my loved one who has a disability.

Many parents of children, with or without disabilities, are wondering about whether or not their kids should go back to group school settings in the fall. With the numbers of cases of COVID-19 on the rise, that’s a valid concern. 

Should we fear a second wave of COVID-19? I’d suggest preparing but keeping fear to a minimum. There are a few good reasons why we may be less likely to have an intense second wave than we were in past pandemics…

“It’s important that we teach healthcare providers the needed skills to meet healthcare needs of people with disabilities so that anyone with any condition can walk into any office and receive competent healthcare.”

Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic, HRS’s Health Risk Screening Tool Could Save Lives of People with Intellectual Disabilities As COVID-19 disproportionately affects the lives of society’s most vulnerable, caregivers of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are left unprepared…

Methods: The sample consisted of 12,582 people with an intellectual or developmental disability residing in Georgia (U.S.). 

Conclusions: The HRST can predict mortality. Therefore, it can serve as a basis for establishing healthcare needs and determining nursing care acuity. 

Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic, HRS’s Health Risk Screening Tool Could Save Lives of People with Intellectual Disabilities As COVID-19 disproportionately affects the lives of society’s most vulnerable, caregivers of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD)…


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