There is little established training protocol, insufficient numbers of service providers cross-trained in aging and developmental disabilities, and scant articulated public policy regarding the needs, capacities, or challenges of older adults with lifelong disabilities (with the exception of the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, 2008).
CHAPTER 12 Education About Special Aging Populations Intellectually Disabled, Incarcerated, and Non-English-Speaking Anthony A. Sterns and Edward F. Ansello The age wave is having a broad effect in many ways everywhere that people live throughout the world. But that age wave is composed of many special groups and, like a pier jutting into the ocean, the underpinnings are always being challenged and tested. Special populations test the robustness of theo- ries on aging and on models for delivery of services to aging individuals. It is with these special groups that many professional challenges arise and the opportunity for creativity emerges. When information ﬂows out from work with these special groups to the general aging population, opportunities for new approaches to beneﬁt the broader worldview can be
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