Category Archive: Dignity of Risk

Disparities in service referrals for psychosocial needs by U.S. child protection caseworkers in practice with parents with intellectual disabilities

That parents with intellectual disabilities are noted to have risk factors for child protection involvement as well as disproportionate rates of involvement in that system is well documented. Whether this is truly warranted is… Continue reading

Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Day is for disabled people too!

Today is Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Day across Canada and a few other countries.  Thisis an especially important day this year given the rise of the #MeToo movement. Designed to bring about awareness… Continue reading

Переосмысливая отношение к людям с ограниченными возможностями: для программ наставничества и социальных проектов (Reframing disability: A training for social workers and mentors)

In this training, presented in Russian (transcript below), I argue that people with disabilities need to be seen in a different light – a more empowering light.  In both the United States and… Continue reading

A family village centered around children with disabilities

My Russian child welfare colleagues are experimenting with a number of different models designed to support children with disabilities in stable family placements.  Today, I visited one of these experimental models, a family… Continue reading

Of Twinkies and Treadmills: Obesity Prevention and the Dignity of Risk

That overweight and obesity among adults with intellectual disabilities are matters of great concern is not up for debate. Information about the prevalence of both obesity and overweight (and related factors) are well… Continue reading

My response to the National Council on Disability’s (wonderful) new report on parents with disabilities

Earlier this morning, the National Council on Disability (NCD) co-sponsored a congressional briefing on ensuring the rights of parents with disabilities. Co-sponsors included the American Psychological Association, the National Association of Social Workers and the… Continue reading

New article coming out on substance use disorder treatment access, intellectual disability

Coming out in the October 2010 issue of Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities: Medicaid-covered alcohol and drug treatment use among people with intellectual disabilities: Evidence of disparities For some, community inclusion facilitates access to alcohol and… Continue reading

On demographic and clinical characteristics of people with intellectual disabilities and substance use disorders

Little is known about the demographic and clinical characteristics of people with intellectual disabilities and substance abuse problems. Drawing on health care billing claims for people with Medicaid coverage aged 12–99 years, the characteristics… Continue reading

Community-based participatory research project on youth with developmental disabilities

Building on a two-year partnership with my colleague Beth Flanzbaum at YOU, Inc., I am starting to work on a new community-based participatory research project entitled “Developing best practices for clinical work with… Continue reading