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Individuals who have disabilities face many barriers accessing and utilizing health care, while at the same time facing many health issues (for supporting data please review CDC's Disability and Health Data System-BRFSS data www.dhds.cdc.gov). Elevating individuals with developmental disabilities to the status of "medically underserved" would provide more financial resources to address this health disparity/gap.
Many youth with disabilities also face health issues/chronic health conditions. Health care transition from the pediatric to the adult health care system is often not addressed with youth and their families. Addressing health, health care transition and health care self-management as part of the transition IEP would be very helpful for youth with health issues. Only someone who is healthy/can manage his/her health condition ...View full idea »