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Policy to Practice: Falls in Adults with Intellectual Disabilities
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One out of every three adults aged 65 years or older in the general population falls at least once each year. For adults with intellectual disability (ID), the prevalence of falls is even higher with studies estimating a fall rate ranging from between 29% to 70%. Falls are a major cause of serious injury and hospitalization, and an important public health concern. Using baseline data from the Longitudinal Health and Intellectual Disability Study, we examined the prevalence of falls and potential risk factors for falls in adults with ID.

Based on many questions received during the interview process, we wish to emphasize that this report does not assume that all people with significant disabilities have the same wants, needs, or feelings about participation, or that they all face the same challenges to participation that we outline here. Our analysis is based on the assumption that gathering a diverse sample of people is essential for UCEDD planning and that many people with significant disabilities want to participate in activities that solicit their input/opinions, but our traditional means of gathering information may have been inaccessible to them. We undertook this activity to find successful and innovative strategies to include a group of people who may have been excluded in the past.