Bridging Aging and Developmental Disabilities Service Networks: Challenges and Best Practices

Bridging Aging and Developmental Disabilities Service Networks: Challenges and Best Practices (2012). Factor, A., Heller, T. & Janicki, M.

This report identifies policy and service delivery issues pertaining to older adults with developmental disabilities and their families and recommends opportunities to enhance collaboration among the aging, disability, and long-term care networks. Key policy initiatives addressed include the Aging and Disability Resource Centers, the Lifespan Respite Act, the National Alzheimer’s Project Act, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
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The RRTC worked with its Community Service Agency work group, advocate advisers, and SABE to develop training and educational materials for families, people with I/DD, and service providers that support best practices in recruiting and supervising personal assistants. The RRTC produced research reports on the study outcomes and their implications for policies and services and disseminated them to federal agencies, national advocacy organizations including The Arc and Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered, and to state agencies and policy makers via the National Association of Directors of State Developmental Disabilities Services and the National Conference of State Legislatures. The report "Bridging Aging and Developmental Disabilities Service Networks: Challenges and Best Practices" (8) was developed through a task force on aging and developmental disabilities including leaders of key federal agencies and national organizations. The RRTC co-organized the 2011 Growing Older with a Disability (GOWD) Conference, a part of the Festival of International Conferences on Caregiving, Disability, Aging and Technology (FICCDAT), joined governmental, non-governmental, professional, and consumer stakeholders to promote “The Toronto declaration on bridging knowledge, policy and practice in aging and disability” and to support and implement this plan of action. Several articles have been published as a result of this conference. (9,10) The report "Bridging Aging and Developmental Disabilities Service Networks: Challenges and Best Practices" has been disseminated widely to all the UCEDDs and through our website and list-serves. It has been very well received and is helping to shape activities of the Aging and Disability Resource Centers and other collaborative activities within states. Articles of the GOWD conferences have been disseminated through RRTC’s website, its national networks, and international collaborating networks.

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The report was produced by the Institute on Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois at Chicago.