Characteristics, limitations and supports of parents with intellectual disabilities in the usa

Author: Anderson, L.L.
Year: 2000
Reference Type: Journal Article
Journal/Book Title: Journal of Intellectual Disability Research
Volume: 44
Pages: 195-195
Abstract: Parents with intellectual disabilities are of growing interest to service providers, policy makers and researchers, largely because the population of parents with intellectual disabilities has grown with the increase in the population living in the community, and the advent of the self-advocacy and self-determination movements. There are few good estimates of the size of this population and most descriptions come from studies in which parents are known to providers. The National Health Interview Survey – Disability Supplement (NHIS-D) surveyed a cross-section of the non-institutionalized population of the USA, collecting information about functional limitations, socio-demographic information, and service and support needs and usage. Analysis of the NHIS-D shows that 30% of people identified as having an intellectual disability have a living child and 14% have a child living with them in their home. The present paper presents data on socio-demographic characteristics, functional limitations, and the service and support usage of parents with intellectual disabilities in the USA based on an analysis of the NHIS-D. The implications for policy and practice are discussed.

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