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Enhancing Health Care for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
The COVID-19 pandemic shined a light on the inequities of the healthcare system that exist for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. For many people with IDD and caregivers, receiving care in a hospital setting has always been a challenging experience. We know that training in this area is lacking. Education and experiential learning for healthcare professionals is essential to addressing these challenges.

The Arc Massachusetts, The Arc Oregon, and The Arc’s national office have partnered to develop a web-based, culturally competent training and toolkit for emergency medical personnel. The goal is to support equal access to emergency healthcare for people with IDD by educating healthcare providers working in hospital emergency departments. This webinar will provide an overview of training materials that can be used to educate healthcare professionals in hospital settings and ways to engage these professionals.

Access Note: This webinar will be captioned. The recording will be available to view on demand for those who register. Questions? Email mahar@thearc.org.

Dec 9, 2021 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Maura Sullivan
Maura Sullivan is the Director of Government Affairs for The Arc of Massachusetts. Her work at The Arc is focused on year-round advocacy at the Massachusetts state house for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities including autism. Maura is also the Director of Operation House Call, a partnership between The Arc and all major Massachusetts Medical Schools. This program teaches young medical professionals the essential skills to enhance health care of persons with autism and other intellectual/developmental disabilities. She is a national public speaker on health equity and a former LEND Fellow/UMMS with a master’s degree in Public Administration from Suffolk University. Maura is also the mother of three; her two sons have autism and mitochondrial disease.
Emily Braman
Emily Braman has worked professionally supporting individuals with developmental disabilities for almost 20 years. Her current role is as the Executive Director at The Arc Oregon. Through her varied experiences, as well as being a parent to a teen experiencing I/DD, she has become passionate about helping individuals create and live the life they desire.