Do You Really See Me? “See me! Touch me! Feel me!” sang Tommy in the great rock musical by the Who. Intellectual and developmental disabilities are a diagnostic category but not an illness or disease. People with labels such as cerebral palsy, autism and intellectual disability also get sick and deal with other life threatening diseases. However, they and their families and/or caregivers often experience typical acute care hospitals as risky and dangerous places because of assumptions about disability, issues in communication, and judgments about quality of life, grief, and loss. Pastoral caregivers thus have the opportunity to combine sensitive care of individuals, families, and staff with advocacy that addresses stereotypes, assumptions, and gaps in their care and support.
This three-part on-demand webinar series includes:
- An Introduction to Understanding of Models of Disability and Terminology
- Dimensions of Grief and Loss in the Lives of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Pastoral Strategies for Addressing Them
- Pastoral Care and Advocacy Beyond the Hospital Walls
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