Family Support Interventions for Families of Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (2009). Heller, T. & Schindler, A. In L.M. Glidden and M.M. Seltzer (Eds.), International review of research in mental retardation, Vol. 37, (pp. 299-333). Oxford, U.K.: Elsevier Ltd.
Though families are considered the primary provider of support to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), only a small amount of I/DD funding in the United States goes toward offering assistance to these families. In addition, formal interventions typically target families of children with I/DD, which are no longer available when the individual enters adulthood. This chapter reviews the literature on family support interventions for families caring for adults with I/DD. It first examines the impact of lifelong caregiving and the support needs of these families. It then draws attention to various interventions currently available for these families.
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