Lecture: Is the Services Cliff a Policy Cliff? Understanding the Impact of US Health Policy on the Health and Wellbeing of Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Event Status

Wednesday, March 29, 2023, 12:30 - 2:00pm

1.5 CEU/1.5 Contact Hours Including 1.5 Cultural Diversity CEUs • Approved for Social Workers • LPC • LMFT • Psychologists

Presented by the 2023 Dean Jack Otis Social Problem and Social Policy Lecture Series at Steve Hicks School of Social Work The University of Texas at Austin

As many as 1 in 6 children in the US are diagnosed with an intellectual or developmental disability. Intellectual and developmental disabilities are typically lifelong diagnoses, and people who are diagnosed with intellectual and developmental disabilities often access services and supports that enhance their health and wellbeing throughout their lives. During and after the transition to adulthood, young people diagnosed with intellectual and developmental disabilities experience changes in eligibility criteria for health policies that support healthcare access and long-term care services. This presentation will focus on helping participants to better understand the body of research focused on the impact of US health policy on the health and wellbeing of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It will end with a panel discussion to help participants envision policy solutions that can inform future research and advocacy.

Guest Speaker:

Lauren Bishop, PhD, MSW, is an associate professor at the Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work and principal investigator at the Waisman Center and the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her National Institutes of Health-funded research focuses on empowering autistic adults to live long, healthy, and self-determined lives in their communities. She is currently studying disparities in health and wellbeing, as well as mechanisms underlying both healthy aging and early and accelerated aging, in autistic adults as they age. Her social work practice experience includes roles as a school counselor and a social skills group leader for children, adolescents, and adults on the spectrum.

Learning Objectives - Participants will be able to:

  • Characterize the "services cliff" for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Explain childhood and adulthood eligibility criteria for US health policies
  • Understand the support needs of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in social work settings
  • Envision policy solutions that can inform research and advocacy 

Cost: This is a free event. CEUs are included at no charge, thanks to the support of the Jack Otis Endowment.

REGISTER: https://events.attend.com/f/1383795708

Date and Time
March 29, 2023, 12:30 to 2 p.m.