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Nursing Research and Practice
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 127638, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/127638
Research Article

Identifying State Resources and Support Programs on E-Government Websites for Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

1College of Nursing and Health Professions, Drexel University, Mail Stop 501, 245 N. 15th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA
2Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, 401 South Broadway, Camden, NJ 08103, USA
3School of Medicine, George Washington University, 2300 Eye Street NW, Washington, DC 20037, USA

Received 15 December 2014; Revised 17 March 2015; Accepted 24 March 2015

Academic Editor: Maria Helena Palucci Marziale

Copyright © 2015 Kathleen M. Fisher et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This descriptive cross-sectional study identified resources and programs that are available nationwide on the Internet to support individuals and families with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), with a focus on intellectual disability. This evaluation included easily identifiable information on specific resources and highlighted unique programs found in individual states that were linked from e-government websites. Researchers documented the ease of access and available information for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. A number of disparities and areas for improvement were recorded for states and I/DD websites. The researchers conclude that a number of additional health and support services will be needed to address the growing needs of this vulnerable population.