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PHI-006: Advancements in Advocacy and Medical Care of Persons with Developmental Disabilities

 
Advancements in Advocacy and Medical Care of Persons with Developmental Disabilities: The Wisconsin Medical Society:

  • Encourages clinicians to learn and appreciate variable presentations of complex functioning profiles in all persons with Developmental Disabilities.
  • Encourages medical schools and graduate medical education programs in Wisconsin to acknowledge the benefits of education on how aspects in the social model of disability (e.g. ableism) can impact the physical and mental health of persons with Developmental Disabilities.
  • Encourages medical schools and graduate medical education programs in Wisconsin to acknowledge the benefits of teaching about the nuances of uneven skill sets often found in the functioning profiles of persons with Developmental Disabilities, will improve quality of clinical care.
  • Encourages the education of Wisconsin physicians on how to provide and/or advocate for quality, developmentally appropriate medical, social and living supports for patients with Developmental Disabilities so as to improve health outcomes.
  • Supports a cooperative effort between physicians, health & human services professionals, and a wide variety of adults with developmental disabilities to implement priorities and quality improvements for the care of persons with Developmental Disabilities.
  • Supports introduction of a resolution by the Wisconsin Delegation of the American Medical Association (AMA) at the AMA House of Delegates espousing all these principles on a nationwide basis. (HOD, 0412)