Autism & I/DD

Intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) are a physical and/or cognitive impairments that occur before the age of 22. Autism spectrum disorder is generally considered a type of developmental disability that affects behavior and communication. The autism and I/DD market provides supports and health care services to these populations. Over the past decade, there has been an increase in the changes and challenges affecting I/DD and autism markets—the move to managed care and value-based care, the shift away from residential treatment, the increasing emphasis on consumer-directed care, and new workforce challenges.

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Yes, Telehealth Does Work For Consumers With I/DD

I’m a big fan of telehealth, both personally and professionally. But I’m quick to agree that telehealth doesn’t work for everyone. We just don’t know who that is right now (see Telehealth—Not For Everyone). As the large-scale adoption of telehealth continues—along with the evaluation of telehealth’s performance—mixed opinions about “best use” are emerging. A new… Read

In October 2021, the New Mexico Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC) launched an employment program to help working age adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) find competitive employment. For the program, the DDPC works with state agencies that have open entry-level or administrative support positions, and then will help identify qualified candidates with developmental disabilities. The DDPC also seeks to encourage private sector employers to hire more candidates with I/DD. Additionally, the DDPC will provide job training, and will help the individuals complete the job application. In its interim strategic plan released in October 2020, DDPC outlined . . .
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