Supporting Adults With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Communication Disorders to Express End-of-Life Wishes This article addresses end-of-life communication issues faced by adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), their caregivers, and medical professionals. I have worked with adults with I/DD and communication deficits for many years. The goal of this article is to share patient experiences to illustrate strategies that can improve communication ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2013
Supporting Adults With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Communication Disorders to Express End-of-Life Wishes
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  • Carrie Kane
    Raker Center, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital, Allentown, PA
  • Disclosure: Financial: Carrie Kane is a Speech-Language Pathologist and certified assistive technology professor at the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Center.
    Disclosure: Financial: Carrie Kane is a Speech-Language Pathologist and certified assistive technology professor at the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Center.×
    Nonfinancial: Carrie Kane has no nonfinancial interests to disclose.
    Nonfinancial: Carrie Kane has no nonfinancial interests to disclose.×
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Article   |   October 01, 2013
Supporting Adults With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Communication Disorders to Express End-of-Life Wishes
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, October 2013, Vol. 18, 80-87. doi:10.1044/gero18.3.80
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, October 2013, Vol. 18, 80-87. doi:10.1044/gero18.3.80

This article addresses end-of-life communication issues faced by adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), their caregivers, and medical professionals. I have worked with adults with I/DD and communication deficits for many years. The goal of this article is to share patient experiences to illustrate strategies that can improve communication for these individuals at end of life.

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