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The Health and Health Care of People with Intellectual Disabilities

February 9, 2005

New research studies conducted by Special Olympics found disturbing evidence that individuals with intellectual disabilities face widespread health problems, while physicians, dentists and other health professionals are not receiving adequate training in order to treat them. The research reinforces previous studies that found that despite the widespread belief that individuals with intellectual disabilities receive better health care than the rest of the population, people with intellectual disabilities actually have poorer health, more specialized ealth care needs and greater difficulty accessing health care services and doctors compared to the general public.Research Methodology: Special Olympics recently commissioned two research studies related to the health and health care of individuals with intellectual disabilities.