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Operation House Call

Improving Health Care Quality, Access, and Competency

Access to healthcare continues to be a huge concern for adults with I/DD who need qualified doctors to provide primary and specialty care.

Operation House Call (OHC) uses a hands-on approach to address these issues by flipping the script and making families the instructor. Medical students experience an in-home visit to a family with a loved one with I/DD to gain a unique perspective into their lives and gain essential sensitivity and disability competency skills to help build their confidence in working with the I/DD population.

The OHC toolkit is designed to help chapters of The Arc and other disability organizations replicate the Operation House Call Program in their own community.Learn more about the Operation House Call toolkit.

Join our informational webinar on May 29 at 12:00pm EST learn more about how to bring this program to your chapter using the OHC Toolkit!

Wednesday, May 29, 12:00 pm Eastern time
REGISTER NOW

Keep Informed & Save the Date!

The Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) will be hosting a forum on Thursday, May 23 to discuss the redesign of adult day training (ADT) and employment-related waiver services to improve access to competitive employment and to solicit input from stakeholders, including self-advocates, family members, guardians, providers, APD, and other state agencies.

Check out this flyer for more information: Forum Flyer (Click on the link to download the flyer)

The agenda for this event can be viewed here: Forum Agenda (Click on the link to download the agenda)

For more information contact:
David Darm
david.darm@apdcares.org
(850) 414-8096

Supporting Individuals with I/DD and Dementia

The Arc of Florida recently had the opportunity to support the National Task Group (NTG) on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices by providing assistance for direct support professionals to participate in the NTG’s training workshop, “Dementia Capable Care of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia” in Jacksonville, Florida.

This highly interactive and evidence-informed workshop covers the basic concepts of care of an adult with ID and dementia. The training is targeted for any staff with direct or ancillary care responsibilities of older adults with I/DD in both disability-related, health care, and aging-related agencies. Participants will gain greater understanding of dementia and its effects on people with intellectual disabilities, including knowledge of how to develop a dementia-capable environment, services and programming for individuals with I/DD.

The Arc of Florida has had several staff participate in this excellent training workshop and encourages others to explore the many educational opportunities available through the NTG.

Please click on the image below to learn more about the NTG:

For information on upcoming NTG workshops, please click here: Education and Training