Only with your help
can we ensure that people
with developmental disabilities
have access to a full continuum of care
Action DD is the only
disabilities advocacy licensed in Washington
state that receives no government money. Therefore, we are
free to represent the best interests of people with
developmental disabilities. Action DD leaders and volunteers receive no compensation.
Action DD summer meeting
elects 2 new officers
The Action DD summer meeting saw a change in the executive
board. Sola Raynor has replaced Melanie Robinson as
business Vice-president and Shelly Strand Filled the vacant
position as secretary.
Sola was born and raised in Spokane, Washington.
She earned her Master's Degree in Social Work at Eastern
Washington University. She worked as Attendant Counselor
at Lakeland Village in Medical Lake for two years and as a
Case Resource Manager at the DDD Region 1 Field Service
Office for three years. She now is a real estate agent.
Shelly is a student at South Puget Sound
Community Collage in Olympia. She is the mother of 4 and the
sister of Eric Strand a resident at Fircrest School.
Emily Medeiros, the safety officer at Yakima
Valley School, has joined us as our new fundraising
The Case for Designating People with Intellectual
and Developmental Disabilities as a Medically Underserved Population
April 8, 2014
Autistic Self Advocacy Network
There are still more than 54 million Americans with intellectual and developmental
disabilities (ID/DD), including individuals with physical, mental health, sensory,
environmental, and cognitive disabilities lacking adequate health care because of
a lack of primary care providers who are properly trained to treat them. In 2000,
the website Healthy People 2010 cautioned that “as a potentially underserved group,
people with disabilities would be expected to experience disadvantages in health and
well-being compared with the general population.” Unfortunately, that statement
continues to be correct as people with I/DD remain subject to significant health care disparities.
Right now, people with ID/DD are not included in the federal government’s definition
of Medically Underserved Populations (MUP). That is why it is very important that awareness
of this issue be spread so that the Health Resources Services Administration will take action
to include people with ID/DD in the MUP definition. Failing that, Congress should act to
ensure this community’s inclusion in the official definition. By including people with I/DD
in the federal definition of a Medically Underserved Population, people with intellectual and
developmental disabilities will have access to better quality health care and better quality of life.