Health, Behavior and Healthy Behavior for Children and Adults with Intellectual/Developmental DisabilitiesFriday, May 16, 2014- Friday, May 16, 2014
Individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) are more likely to have health related problems and also likely to challenges in accessing appropriate health care. These realities are complicated by limitations in communication and by some behavioral expressions of distress. This presentation reviewed some of the health related considerations and the importance of understanding health promotion in preventing unnecessary medical and behavioral complications for people with IDD.
Dr. Leslie Rubin, MD is President and Founder of the Institute for the Study of Disadvantage and Disability (ISDD), Research Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, Medical Director of Developmental Pediatric Specialists in Atlanta, and Co-director of the Southeast Pediatric Environmental Health Unit (PEHSU) in the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. He is also Medical Director of Developmental Pediatric Specialists and Medical Director of the Adult Down Syndrome Program in Atlanta Georgia. Dr. Rubin is originally from South Africa where he trained in Pediatrics and came to the USA in 1976. He was initially at the Hospitals of the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland Ohio. In 1980 he moved to The Children's Hospital in Boston and the Harvard Medical School where he spent 14 years. In 1994 he moved to Atlanta, Georgia as Director of Developmental Pediatrics at Emory University and Medical Director of the Marcus Center. Since 1998 he has been involved with the Southeast Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) at Emory. In 2004 he left the Marcus Center and Emory University and joined the Department of Pediatrics at Morehouse School of Medicine. He has been involved in the health care of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1977 in hospital based settings, in small and large residential settings, in community settings and in home environments. In 2004, he founded the Institute for the Study of Disadvantage and Disability (ISDD), which is dedicated to improving awareness and understanding of the relationship between social and economic disadvantage and disabilities in children, addressing health disparities, providing outreach education and training, and influencing health care policy and practices. He currently provides interdisciplinary clinical services for children with Autism, Cerebral Palsy and other developmental disabilities at Hughes Spalding Children's Hospital and at Developmental Pediatric Specialists in Sandy Springs, Georgia.
An additional note: In 1989 he and Allen Crocker published the first textbook on medical care for children and adults with developmental disabilities and in 2006 they published the 2nd edition. Sadly Allen Crocker passed away in 2011 but Leslie Rubin is working on the 3rd edition with other partners to be called: Rubin and Crocker 3rd Edition: Health Care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the lifespan due in 2015.