As a new generation of individuals with autism comes of age, I would like to see research regarding mentoring programs for teens and young adults with ASD. How can we promote mentoring programs within the autism community? How can we work to establish positive role models for youngsters with ASD? What kind of training and support is needed to make these programs effective?
When 2 people are sick sometimes they could use cleaning help. Also someone to talk to about how they feel. It would be fun to do an outing with others. Friends don't always understand you don't always want to talk disabilities. Sometimes you want to talk abilities.
We know many family caregivers are employed and caregiving does have an impact on their ability to do their jobs. What are the best ways that employers can support the caregivers in their employ?
would like to see more research (and then knowledge to practice) about the factors that most impact the development of expectations by parents/siblings/family members for their loved one with a disability (is it parent to parent support? simply access to internet information? a teacher or rehab counselor?)
Establish training programs and credentials to prepare benefits planners to serve caregivers and PWDs from low and middle income families
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
Develop training paradigms, plus prepare personal trainers, specifically to support family caregivers of persons with physical disabilities
Establish and test options for caregivers to purchase affordable disability and long-term care insurance coverage for themselves
Develop hands-on wellness programs for family caregivers (diet, exercise,mental health,primary care) including tangible caregiving supports
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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