We used the widely known search engine, Google, and a combination of simple search times (i.e., [State] intellectual disability resources and I/DD programs in [State]).Unique features, services, and difficulties encountered were noted for each state.All of these challenges contribute to significant health and social disadvantages when compared to the general population and highlight the complex planning and coordination needs at both the individual and system level to promote optimal health and quality of life .Consequently, the majority of individuals with I/DD will need varied and individualized lifelong support and services in the communities where they live.They are characterized by limitations in both intellectual functioning and adaptive skills, including learning, language, self-care, and capacity for independent living .Prevalence rates for I/DD vary from 1.5% to 2.5% of the US population [2, 3].Next we assembled data by state, and each researcher explored 17 states using the questions identified in the list below.The team met for peer review and presented and assembled lists of resources as a group.
If health promotion programs exist, they often are not targeted to meet the specific needs of this population .
A number of disparities and areas for improvement were recorded for states and I/DD websites.
The researchers conclude that a number of additional health and support services will be needed to address the growing needs of this vulnerable population.
Frequency and descriptive statistics were applied to the generated lists.
Data collection and analysis was accomplished in the summer of 2011, with additional assessments of targeted e-government websites completed in the fall/winter of 2012-2013.