Cardinal Innovations Celebrates Awareness Month in March

​​Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions will celebrate Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD) Awareness Month with several events that are planned throughout our service areas in the month of March. The theme – Say This, Not That – is meant to promote the use of positive language regarding disabilities. We will post information about IDD Awareness Month events in the coming weeks on our website at cardinalinnovations.org; and on our Facebook page at facebook.com/CardinalIHS; or you can follow us twitter.com/CardinalIHS on Twitter for updates on events. We welcome your participation! Intellectual disabilities are described as disabilities that occur before the age of 18, according to The Arc, the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. The organization advocates for all ages and all spectrums from autism, Down syndrome, Fragile X and various other developmental disabilities.

Intellectual disabilities affect intellectual functioning and adaptive behavior, affecting a "person's conceptual, social and practical everyday living skills," according to The Arc.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, developmental disabilities are a group of conditions due to an impairment in physical, learning, language, or behavior areas. About one in six children in the United States has one or more developmental disabilities or other developmental delays, according to the CDC. Approximately 15.2 million adults experienced difficulty with some kind of cognitive, mental, or emotional functioning, according to a 2010 U.S. Census report on individuals living with disabilities. Roughly 1.2 million adults had an intellectual disability and 944,000 had other developmental disabilities, like cerebral palsy or autism.

At Cardinal Innovations we have staff who can help you or your family member with an Intellectual or Developmental Disability (IDD) find information and/or navigate the system. Our Community Partners Department includes Consumer Affairs Specialists who have family members with IDD who receive services. Please call Community Partners at 1-800-357-9084 for more information.