Prevalance of adult Ontarians with developmental disabilities higher than expected

Adult Ontarians with developmental disabilities are highly vulnerable to physical and mental health problems. They often don’t get the health care they need. It’s important, then, to understand as much as possible about this group, including its health needs. A better understanding can lead to effective and efficient healthcare planning.

Previous policy and planning decisions, however, have been based on information from other jurisdictions or on small, specialized samples from Ontario. This is a problem since other jurisdictions differ from the province in important ways, and small samples often provide an incomplete picture.

The Health Care Access Research and Developmental Disabilities (H-CARDD) Program used a large dataset to describe adult Ontarians, age 18 to 64, with developmental disabilities between April 2009 and March 2011. H-CARDD compared those with developmental disabilities to those without, in terms of: age, sex, residence (urban or rural), health region (Local Health Integration Network), neighbourhood income, and health status.

Read this H-CARDD Snapshot to find out about their findings. H-CARDD Snapshots present summaries of research in the field of developmental disabilities. You can also view the video below. And check out this Emergency Care Tool Kit.

H-CARDD is a research program with the primary goal of enhancing the overall health and well-being of people with developmental disabilities through improved health care policy and services. H-CARDD research is conducted by dedicated teams of scientists, policymakers, and health care providers.