Caring for People with Intellectual Disabilities

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The Caring for People with Intellectual Disabilities course was created in partnership with Special Olympics Ontario and its Healthy Communities initiative (funded by the Golisano Foundation), and Health Care Access Research and Developmental Disabilities (H-CARDD), to help imaging technologists better care for people with intellectual disabilities.

People with intellectual disabilities experience significant barriers in accessing quality healthcare services. One reason for this is the lack of training healthcare providers receive in caring for this patient population. Consequently, many healthcare providers feel lack of confidence in delivering health services to people with intellectual disabilities. Specifically, this course aims to highlight common ways imaging technologists interact with people with intellectual disabilities, bring attention to potential “triggers” people with intellectual disabilities may experience with various imaging procedures, and suggest strategies healthcare providers can adopt to provide better care for these patients.

Course at a Glance

Learning Hours: The course takes approximately 2.5 hours to complete. OAMRS courses are designed for self-paced learning. Rough estimates of the time required to complete the course may be provided, but we encourage each learner to invest their own time, based on their own learning needs, for each subject matter.

Available Until: Open

Type of Learning: Online

Prerequisites: None

Accreditation: Certificate of Completion and 1.75 ASRT Category A Credits

Completion Requirement: There is a final exam at the end of the course. In order to successfully pass the exam, you are required to attain a mark of 75%. 3 attempts are allowed.

Who Should Take This Course

This course is designed for medical imaging professionals who wish to learn strategies for adapting their practice and procedures when caring for people with intellectual disabilities

Course Outline

The course includes:

  • Course Syllabus
  • Module 1: Introduction to People with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Module 2: Communication
  • Module 2: Possible Practice Errors and Enhanced Practice Strategy Videos
  • Module 3: Triggers and Strategies
  • Module 3: Possible Practice Errors and Enhanced Practice Strategy Videos
  • Final Exam

Development Team

  • Shafeeq Armstrong, Special Olympics Ontario, Health Program Developer
  • Yi Wen Shao, Special Olympics Ontario, Health Program Developer
  • Ontario Association of Medical Radiation Sciences

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