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Janet Shouse - IDD Toolkit for Primary Care Providers

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Adults with intellectual or other developmental disabilities face a cascade of health disparities including, complex or difficult-to-treat medical conditions, difficulty accessing health care or expressing their symptoms and pain, or they may receive inadequate health care and receive little attention to wellness, preventive care, and health promotion.

The IDD Toolkit website is a resource for health care providers, individuals with disabilities, their families and support staff, to help lead to improvements in the health of adults with IDD across the nation.

Janet Shouse is the program coordinator for the Developmental Disabilities Health Care E-Toolkit at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center. She is also the parent of three young adults, including one with autism. She has served with various disability-related organizations, including Autism Tennessee, the Disability Coalition on Education and the Tennessee Autism Summit Team.

Join The Arc of Luzerne County, host of PA Independent Living Radio Show, for an in-depth conversation with Janet - about the IDD Toolkit, its origins, and the difference it's making in healthcare for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the country. We'll also talk about her extensive career in service to the disability community and personal experiences as a mother of a son with autism. 

If you enjoy PA Independent Living Radio Show, please support The Arc of Luzerne County with a donation to help us continue our work to improve the quality of life for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and their families. 

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