Welcome to the second issue of H-CARDD Connects. In this newsletter we share our research findings on the health and health care of young (ages 18-24) and older adults with developmental disabilities (DD). Transitioning into different phases of life is challenging for many of us, because different aspects of life are changing at the same time. For example, as a teenager moving into adulthood we all face changes moving from one school system to another, from child to adult health care, and into independent living. Similarly, as we grow older, we might need more specialized health care and support in our living arrangements.
Transitioning from child to adult health care services and into aging care is even more challenging for people with DD. Their health needs are more complex and they face specific challenges accessing services. Poor transitions may lead to poorer health outcomes and inefficient use of the health care system. The H-CARDD research findings provide a better understanding of the health care needs of young and older adults with DD during these transitions. We hope it will contribute to health care planning and better health outcomes for adults with DD. Please share these findings with friends and colleagues. For more information visit our website at www.hcardd.ca or email firstname.lastname@example.org