Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Maureen Reid-Cunningham provided psychotherapy to my daughter and set her on course to achieve her goals.   My daughter no longer needs therapy, but  she was so inspired and motivated by Maureen that she came to rely on her for many other services.  My daughter really adores Maureen.  She takes her to all medical appointments, and then oversees and takes notes so my daughter doesn’t have to try to remember everything the doctors say (my daughter was born with learning disabilities).  She was very instrumental in finding a job teaching ice skating for her, which has really had a positive impact on her life and how she thinks about herself.  Maureen has helped my daughter live an independent life, and I am so grateful for all she does.

-Anne Ford, Author and Chairman Emeritus of the National Center for Learning Disabilities www.anneford.net

Many adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities are living independently in the community. Some need assistance in areas like money management and health care.

Services for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities-

Medical Advocacy:

  • Educate clients about health issues
  • Help clients to make and keep medical appointments
  • Collaborate with health care providers to ensure that the client understands what is happening
  • Accompany clients to appointments when requested
  • Take notes at appointments
  • Prepare clients for medical tests and procedures
  • Respond, assess and intervene for a client in crisis

Clients with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) may be frightened and anxious about managing their medical needs as they get older.  Diagnostic procedures like mammograms and colonoscopies pose unique challenges to people with I/DD. 

Community Resources:

  • Assistance applying for benefits like Social Security, special needs T passes, the RIDE and others as needed.
  • Support participation in social/recreational programs, volunteer work and other activities to enhance well-being.