Each Walking Tour contains carefully selected articles chosen by us to provide the best introduction to the subject of intellectual disabilities for medical and other students, and people working in different disciplines such as general practice, psychiatry, nursing, and also for carers and members of the general public.
- This walking tour is an introduction to the website for people who care for someone who has an intellectual disability. The articles have been selected to be relevant to as many carers as possible, and to focus mainly on practical issues. In the first a woman with an intellectual disability and her independent advocate describe their relationship and the benefits it brings to both of them. The next three articles look at ways of enabling the person with intellectual disabilities to obtain the best possible health care. The final two articles put health into a wider context, considering some of the complex social and emotional issues relating to children and older people with intellectual disabilities. Carers may also be interested in some of the articles on specific conditions and health issues to be found in the sections on syndromes, complex disability, and mental and physical health.
- General Practitioners
- We hope that this tour will be useful to GPs and others working in primary care. If you are new to intellectual disability, you might also care to look at the Tour for Medical Students. GPs will be seeing more people with intellectual disability. Instead of being hidden away in long-stay hospitals they live in ordinary housing. Both they and their families are entitled to the same quality of primary care that the rest of the population enjoys. At the moment in England and Wales regular health checks for adults with intellectual disability are not included in measures of service quality. However, such measurement may well be introduced in the future. You may therefore be interested in the St George's Health Check Questionnaire, which is slightly different to existing screening questionnaires.
- Medical Students
- For medical students studying intellectual [learning] disability, the volume of potential reading material can seem immense. To make things easier, we have highlighted a short list of articles that provide medical students with a good 'taster' of this field, including those important topic areas that are likely to be asked about in undergraduate exams. They have been selected with the input of our editorial board, which includes doctors involved in teaching and examining students, and a medical student representative. Intellectual disability is a global field, involving medical, psychological and social issues, all of which are covered in our selected articles. As a guide, we have sub-divided the articles depending on where you are in your medical training. However, please consider browsing other areas too!
- Newcomers To Intellectual Disability
- This walking tour is for people who come to the website, whether intentionally or by chance, who know little about the meaning and experience of intellectual disability, and would like to learn more.
- Students on Health and Social Care Courses
- This walking tour has been created to assist students on a range of health and social care courses. The tour will help you with the theoretical and practical components of your course. The areas chosen in this tour should act as a map to guide your growing understanding of the many complex issues that face people with intellectual disabilities and those who work with them. You may also be interested in some of the articles to be found in the sections on changing values & services, families, complex disability, mental and physical health and how to ...
- Trainee Psychiatrists
- This walking tour has been designed as an introduction for a SHO in psychiatry new to intellectual disability. The Royal College of Psychiatrists UK requires all of its trainees to have some developmental experience, either in Intellectual Disability or Child and Adolescent attachments. Whilst many aspects of psychiatric presentation are similar in people with intellectual disabilities, these developmental issues and communication issues are fundamentally different and change the way psychiatric illness is both presented to the physician and subsequently recognised and managed. This tour gives an introduction to some of the areas that are important to address at the commencement of a post in this field. It also covers some areas of specialism that will be of value at all levels of experience.
- Tour about Down's Syndrome
- If you are looking for information on Down's syndrome these articles are good starting points. People with Down's syndrome have one of the commonest, and most recognisable conditions causing intellectual disability. Having such a well-known syndrome can affect people's lives in both positive and negative ways. On the one hand, we know that certain medical conditions are more common in this group of people. This makes it possible to develop screening protocols, so that health problems can be picked up and treated quickly. Articles on some of these specific conditions can be found in the sections on physical and mental health. However, over the years many myths have arisen about Down's syndrome, which have been hard to shake off, and assumptions are made about people because of their appearance. This collection of articles provides an overview of the syndrome and a reminder that Down's syndrome is only one aspect of the person. If you have Down's syndrome, or are caring for someone with Down's syndrome, it's important to remember that not everything you read about Down's syndrome will apply to you, or the person you are caring for.