Racial and Ethnic Disparities among Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

January 5, 2016


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This study investigated the extent of racial and ethnic disparities in the health of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Analyzing data from the 2002-2011 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey and the 2000-2010 National Health Interview Survey, we found that Black and Latino adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities have markedly worse health in contrast to their white peers with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Included in the document is an analysis of policy opportunities around health disparities, including obesity prevalence, among adults with intellectual disabilities. 

The study was authored by

  • Sandra Magana, Department of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC-DDHD)
  • Susan Parish, Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers on Developmental Disabilities and Health at the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University (Lurie Institute)
  • Miguel Morales, UIC-DDHD
  • Henan Li, Lurie Institute
  • Glenn Fujiura, UIC-DDHD

The policy opportunity analysis was authored by

  • Ben Jackson, Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)
  • Adriane Griffen, AUCD