Self-isolation and physical distancing only add to the problems for mothers with an intellectual disability who are at risk of failing to get the help they need.
The government has made several announcements to safeguard aged care residents and those in hospitals, but we're yet to see the same attention paid to the one in five Australians with a disability.
This is a confusing time for everyone – especially those who have intellectual disabilities.
Sudden changes to routine and care might worsen mental health conditions, like anxiety, in autistic people or those with other intellectual disabilities.
Three-quarters of people with an intellectual disability receive prescribed drugs.
Some stereotypical behaviours of individuals with autism suggest they don’t use a certain type of memory in the same way others might.
To understand what we suspect, so far, about the way in which some people with autism may see the world, we need to examine how we use the bank of experiences we have stored in memory.
Parents may need to play the advocate for their child, especially if their child has a disability which affects their ability to communicate.
It's important for the child and their achievement at school that there is a good parent-teacher-student partnership.
People with mental illness as well as an intellectual disability find it harder to receive sufficient NDIS supports.
People with intellectual disability experience higher rates of mental ill health than the rest of the population, so NDIS can be doubly relevant.
Many special education students are isolated from their peers.
Things could get worse for special education students if the Trump administration follows through on its plans to give states more leeway when it comes to how they treat special education students.
Facilitated Communication began in Australia in the 1980s.
Facilitated Communication began in Australia in the 1980s to help people with disabilities communicate, but it has since been shown to replace the voice of the person with that of the facilitator.
The cast of ABC TV’s Employable Me.
Employable Me is being touted as the feel good TV series of 2018. But will it make any difference to how employers approach jobseekers with disabilities?
Using antipsychotics off licence is causing more problems than it solves.
Planning is important for any teen on their way to college – but for those with disabilities, it’s absolutely imperative.
Numerous measures are in place to help young disabled children thrive, but the transition beyond school can be a difficult one. Here are some tips for families to help their children prepare for life beyond.
Though challenges like dyslexia can make learning difficult, these disabilities shouldn’t define who you are – or what you can do.
The story of a six-year-old boy with dyslexia who, with support from friends and teachers, became a successful professor. Now he teaches teachers how to help children like him.
People with intellectual disability face so many barriers to finding a home of their own that it’s hard to pick one.
Think it's hard for first-home buyers? Ask people with an intellectual disability about it.
It turns out cul-de-sacs may be better than we realised for creating a safe and inclusive community within a community.
Understanding what makes a neighbourhood street a good place to live for adults with intellectual disability can help create places that are good for everyone.
Basil Hetzel’s research supported the use of iodised salt as an easy way to ensure adequate dietary iodine intake.
Public health pioneer Basil Hetzel died on February 4 2017. Among other career highlights, he identified the most common cause of preventable brain damage: dietary iodine deficiency.
Research into the impact of intellectual disability on sports performance can ensure a level playing field.
Mindfulness has been found to improve negative behaviours from intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder.
A recent review of studies has shown that mindfulness meditation helps people with intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorder reduce their mental and physical problems.
The language used to talk about children with disabilities must be changed before attitudes will shift.
Language can be used harmfully to construct categories of others. The words we use in describing children with disabilities need to be examined, challenged - and changed.
An easier route?
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People with intellectual disabilities and either behavioural disturbance, autism or dementia are significantly more likely to be prescribed anti-psychotic drugs.