Education and Aging with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD)
Recently our Mashkikiiwininiwag Mazinaatesijigan Wichiiwewin (MMW) Program had the opportunity to collaborate with partners in Northern Ontario to develop and deliver training for staff who support people who are aging with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in Northern Ontario and Indigenous communities. As part of this endeavor, the research team conducted a needs assessment. The assessment allowed the team to understand the training and capacity needs of professional care providers who support this population. The key research questions we were seeking to investigate are:
- What level of experience and training do care providers have in working with aging adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities?
- What are the perceived training priorities among care providers that will enhance their ability to support aging adults with IDD?
- What barriers and facilitators do care providers experience in supporting AAIDD?
Conclusions from this needs assessment were developed into training and delivered in June 2022. We are currently in the process of evaluating the training. Visit our abstract and infographic to learn more about our methods, results and conclusions.
This project is funded by the Growing Expertise in Evaluation and Knowledge Translation (GEEK) of the Ontario Brain Institute.