Volume 13 Issue 2 - February 2013
2012 MRRC Key Findings
Communication with Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and Psychiatric Disabilities: A Summary of the Literature
Walton O. Schalick III
We summarize a list of best-practices from the literature when attempting to communicate with and understand individuals with intellectual or psychiatric disabilities, and when fashioning in-the-field policies for these individuals:
- Respect for the autonomy of the individuals being served.
- Sensitivity to the stigmatizing power of labeled disabilities.
- Active involvement of clients in the design of programs.
- Individualization of communication strategies to meet the specific needs of the particular client.
- Multidisciplinary collaboration, cooperation and communication.
- Family and/or community collaboration, within the boundaries of confidentiality requirements.
- Ongoing exploration of both new and traditional communication media.
The Great Recession, Older Workers with Disabilities, and Implications for Retirement Security
Onur Altindag, Lucie Schmidt and Purvi Sevak
- While the Great Recession is associated with decreases in employment for the overall HRS sample, we find no evidence that these decreases are larger for those individuals who are in poor health and at risk of disability.
- However, respondents in poor underlying health are significantly more likely to report that they are no longer at their previous job and that their job loss was involuntary.
- We also find recession-related declines in consumption that are significantly larger for those in poor health.
- Holding underlying health conditions constant, self-reporting of health-related work limitations was 3.6 percentage points more likely in 2010 than in 2006.