Supports for people with Intellectual and
Developmental Disabilities (IDD), the facts...
A lot of people with IDD in the US receive support services, nearly as many as the entire population of Alaska.
About half the people who work as support staff quit within a year.
Most people with IDD don't get to choose their staff, and some staff think that people with disabilities can't make their own choices.
When so many different support staff work with people with IDD, it can be hard to feel cared for.
Many people with disabilities have staff support in their homes 24 hours a day/7 days a week.
Sometimes houses where people with IDD are supported can feel more like businesses than homes.
Sometimes staff just don't know what to do, but you can help them.
People with Disabilities should get to:
- Choose and help train the staff that work with them
- Have consistent staff support
- Make decisions about their lives
- Have privacy and time away from staff if they can
- Have houses that feel like homes
It's time to speak up!
Let staff know how they can better help you.
Sources: Borbasi, Botroff, Williams, Jones, & Douglas (); NCI Staff Stability Survey, (2014) RISP, (2013); (2008); Test, Flowers, Hewitt, and Solow (2003); Wilson, Clegg, & Hardy (2008)