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The graying of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities: Organizational efforts of community service providers in adapting facilities and programming to meet the needs of older adults
by Corrado, Donna M., Ph.D., City University of New York, 2013, 218; 3553039
Abstract (Summary)

Persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities are living longer, thereby creating unique challenges for the aging and disabilities networks. This qualitative multicase study explored the ways in which six community service organizations serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have adapted their facilities and programming in response to the growing cohort of older persons in their care. The study focused on the following adaptations: physical plant, financial models, workforce, medical care and programming. Twenty-two in-depth interviews were conducted with executive-level staff of the six participating organizations. Data was triangulated through examination of archival data, organizational documents, agency web sites, and publicly available financial records. A cross- case comparison assessed the extent to which organizational characteristics promoted or impeded an agency's ability to make the adaptations necessary to facilitate the aging in place of its older consumers. The following theories contributed to the underlying framework of the study: successful aging, resource dependence, and structural inertia. Study findings indicated that the physical, financial and bureaucratic barriers play a more significant role in impeding or facilitating an agency's ability to make the adaptations necessary than does an agency's affiliation, complexity or relative size. Discussed are the policy implications related to the growing number of older persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as recommendations for future study.

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Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Smith, Michael J.
Commitee: Dodd, Sarah J., Graziano, Roberta
School: City University of New York
Department: Social Welfare
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-A 74/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Gerontology, Social work, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Aging in place, Developmental disabilities, Facility adaptation, Older adults, Physical plant barriers, Successful aging
Publication Number: 3553039
ISBN: 978-1-267-92235-9
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