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Aging with Intellectual and Developmental Disability

Online Courses


This course is designed to help the workforce in the aging network understand what intellectual and developmental disabilities are and how they impact a person’s life from birth to older age. This includes how the condition is manifested (physical, emotional, mental, and social), and how it may or not impair the ability to live independently while enjoying all the benefits of a free and open society. Information for the course draws on research that shows how people with intellectual and developmental disabilities can successfully be integrated into aging programs. It discusses the necessity of integrating the networks that separately support aging and disability and to bridge the differences to more effectively serve older people who have aged with lifelong disabilities.


  • Describe the treatment of people with IDDs in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
  • Discuss the social model of disability and how it affects your work.
  • Identify and discuss the IDDs you might encounter in your practice.
  • Identify the programs that serve both the aging community and people with IDDs.
  • Apply the philosophy of choice in your work with adults with IDD.

Course Outline

  • Pre-course Competency Assessment
  • Section I: Course Overview
  • Section II: History/Background
  • Section III: Entering the World of People with IDDs
  • Section IV: IDDs: Definitions, Characteristics, Functional Impact on Life Endeavors
  • Section V: Supports that the Aging Network can Offer People with IDDs
  • Section VI: Ethical Issues, Mental Capacity, and Planning for the Future
  • Section VII: Resources, References and Acknowledgements
  • Course Quiz
  • Post-course Competency Evaluation
  • Certificate of Completion

Course Policies

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Accessibility Information

All online courses are self-paced and are designed as reading-based and include interactive multimedia components including simulations, video, audio, and discussion boards.

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