Health disparities and intellectual disabilities: Lessons from individuals with down syndrome
Article first published online: 23 MAR 2012
Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Developmental Disabilities Research Reviews
Volume 17, Issue 1, pages 32–35, 2011
How to Cite
Ploeg Booth, K. V. (2011), Health disparities and intellectual disabilities: Lessons from individuals with down syndrome. Dev Disabil Res Revs, 17: 32–35. doi: 10.1002/ddrr.136
- Issue published online: 23 MAR 2012
- Article first published online: 23 MAR 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 11 DEC 2011
- Manuscript Received: 5 DEC 2011
- health disparity;
- Down syndrome;
- intellectual disability;
- mental retardation
Individuals with intellectual disabilities experience health disparities and disparities in accessing health care services compared to individuals within the general population. In order to eliminate these disparities the contributors to them must be understood. In this article, we aim to describe a recent reconceptualization of health and disability (Krahn, et al.  Mental. Retard. Dev. Disabilities Res. Rev. 12:70–82) to further understand the health disparities between individuals with Down syndrome, the most common identified cause of intellectual disability in the United States, and the general population. We also detail known health disparities between individuals with Down syndrome of different races and discuss the possible reasons for these disparities, as well as potential actions to address them. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Dev Disabil Res Rev 2011; 17:32–35.