Intellectual and developmental disabilities wellbeing

Elias Mpofu, Elizabeth Houck, April Linden, Crystal Fernandez

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Sustainable health for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) depends significantly on the service infrastructure they can access and the appropriateness, sufficiency, dependability, coordination, responsiveness, and inclusiveness of that infrastructure. Yet, there is little documentation on the health system supports for people with IDD important for their long-term wellbeing and inclusive living in their communities. In this chapter, we briefly discuss professional and legal definitions of IDD and provide an overview of the historical research and practices that have shaped community health issues for people with IDD. More importantly, we discuss the current and prospective wellness-oriented approaches for the sustainable health of people with IDD. We also consider cultural, professional, and legislative influences on the sustainable health of the community of people with IDD and the role of related disciplines services. Finally, we consider research and practice matters important to the community wellness and sustainable health of people with IDD.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainable Community Health
Subtitle of host publicationSystems and Practices in Diverse Settings
Number of pages37
ISBN (Electronic)9783030596873
ISBN (Print)9783030596866
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jan 2021


  • Community living
  • Developmental
  • Health support
  • Inclusiveness
  • Intellectual disability
  • Participation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology
  • General Medicine
  • General Environmental Science
  • General Social Sciences


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