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In the late 1960's, only four percent of people with developmental disabilities (DD) lived in the community. Today, most individuals with DD have never been in an institution. The life expectancy of people with DD has increased dramatically. It approaches that of the general population. In addition to their disability, as they age, adults with DD typically acquire multiple, chronic medical conditions. Approximately 30% have associated mental illness. We have yet to develop the consult, assessment, and enhanced primary care services necessary to serve this new population of people with
The Office of Developmental Primary Care is a program within the Department of Family and Community Medicine. We are dedicated to improving health outcomes for people with developmental disabilities across the lifespan. The greatest area of need is for adolescents and adults. We are partnering with other stakeholders to develop resources for clinical service, advocacy, research and training.
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