Health Issues

Adolescent Health Transition Project
The Center on Human Development and Disability has put together resources for teens and young adults with special health care needs, chronic illness, and physical or developmental disabilities. Here you can find tools, websites, diagnosis-specific information, and information on local support groups. To find out more about how school nurses can and should be involved in the IEP or how to include health care in the school transition plan visit the Transition and School section of the project.

Got Transition

The National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health offers 3 transition tool packages that assist health care providers, educators, and families. Especially helpful for transition planning and IEP health care needs assessment is the skills checklist and videos. This information can be found in the Youth & Families section.

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services: Signs & Types of Abuse
DSHS offers this link as a guide for recognizing the signs and types of abuse.

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services: Report Abuse 
The following link provides information on how to report abuse or neglect of a vulnerable adult or a child in Washington State.

The Facts of Life...and More: Sexuality and Intimacy for People with Intellectual Disabilities
Making good decisions about sexuality is a critical part of adulthood, but sometimes people with intellectual disabilities don't get the support or education they need to navigate this complex aspect of life. Professionals will change that with this urgently-needed book, which gives social workers, teachers, and direct support professionals the comprehensive information they need to educate people with disabilities about sexuality and help them make the best possible choices across the lifespan.