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Support for Siblings of People with Disabilities

More research is needed examining the role that siblings play in the support and caregiving of their brothers and sisters with disabilities across the life course. The perspective of the siblings with and without disabilities is important to examine. We need to better understand how siblings can successfully transition into caregiving roles, what facilitates siblings to support the self-determination of their brothers ...more »

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Visitability promotion equipment lending

Establish community-level "visitability" equipment loan programs so caregivers can borrow portable ramps,lifts, grab bars &c in order to increase options for family members to visit other inaccessible homes of friends and family

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The NEXT STEP in Dementia Care

Contact: Barbara Brock, Published Research Author. President, Communication Art, Inc. Office: 419-865-6131 Mobile: 419-265 6131 “The NEXT STEP IN DEMENTIA CARE” Health care professionals should be aware of a standardized, dementia specific, cognitive assessment that can have a dramatic affect on they care for people who are experiencing Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. Health care professionals are missing ...more »

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Concerns for people with disabilities who become parents

The National Council on Disability 2012 report, "Rocking the Cradle: Ensuring the Rights of Parents with Disabilities," identified numerous knowledge gaps. How many people with different types of disabilities are attempting to raise children? How many of them are involved with child welfare systems? What kinds of supports are available to them ( and where)? What are their outcomes? This field is wide open, and the ...more »

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Care Plan for Children with Special Needs

Approximately 10-15% of children who attend child care programs have either medical, behavioral or developmental needs requiring the transfer of information from professionals (doctors, therapists) to their caregivers in lay language. Is this being done successfully? Pitfalls?

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Linking Public Schools to the Mental Health Dialogue

On top of everything that one has to learn when caring for children with mental health issues, butting up against way-behind-the-curve school systems may be the worst. This major childhood institution has to be informed about signs and behaviors of the children (and parents) with MH problems so that all can be served. Our children are not bullies. Their struggle is unique and cannot be punished, suspended or shamed ...more »

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Expanding definition of family to include LGBT caregiver support

There is a dearth of research on the expanded definition of “family” and how LGBT people provide care for each other, and the people they love often without benefit of legal protections, or blood ties. Including questions about sexual orientation, gender identity and non-biological support dyads would be crucial to learning more about what those networks look like, and need in terms of support.

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Knowledge of free/low cost resources by caregivers

High end resources are well marketed. Those who need free or low cost options often are unable to identify them. Social workers in the community are mostly unaware of faith based and small grant and/or institutional services. How can this information be better understood by caregivers and those who advise them?

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