New Content on Youth with Disabilities

Youth with disabilities have many strengths and should be provided with opportunities and supports to access and use the healthcare services they need. Currently, these adolescents have more complex healthcare needs than their peers but are more likely to have those needs go unmet.

As the new school year gets underway, the HHS Office of Adolescent Health has expanded a section on chronic conditions on its website to include the latest data on the prevalence of disabilities among adolescents, the characteristics of those most likely to experience adverse effects of disability, and the barriers that adolescents face in getting the care they need, including challenges in coordination and in the transition from pediatric to adult care.

Adolescents with disabilities, like all adolescents, thrive when they can exercise self-efficacy, and when their communities recognize their gifts and developmental potential. This content includes resources for adolescents with disabilities, their families, and the programs serving them. We encourage you to use and share this resource so we can all continue to improve access to care and better support youth with disabilities.

Below you will find sample language for sharing this information with your network.

Tweets:
  • Ready for #BackToSchool? Youth w/ #disabilities thrive w/ adequate support. Get resources from @TeenHealthGov: http://bit.ly/2vwJ74B **[=What’s the difference b/t an #IEP & a #504plan? Find out in new @TeenHealthGov content: http://bit.ly/2wCnnbk #Back2School
  • 75% of parents of teens w/ disabilities need help coordinating care. @TeenHealthGov has info on supports: http://bit.ly/2vCQ2sa
  • How youth experience disability is influenced by how society sees them. This school year, make a positive impact: http://bit.ly/2vwJ74B
  • #Adulting isn’t easy! @TeenHealthGov has resources for teens w/ disabilities who are gaining independence: http://bit.ly/2vwKyjy

Facebook/LinkedIn posts:
  • High-quality, coordinated care is increasingly important as the prevalence of disabilities among adolescents grows. As the new school year gets underway, the HHS Office of Adolescent Health has expanded a web section on chronic conditions to include information on all youth with disabilities, the challenges they face having their needs met, and opportunities to support and empower them. Link: http://bit.ly/2vwJ74B
  • Youth with disabilities are more likely than are their peers without disabilities to have their needs go unmet. However, they thrive with access to healthcare services and support from their communities. As kids head back to school, the HHS Office of Adolescent Health has expanded a web section on chronic conditions with data on the prevalence of adolescent disabilities, challenges youth face to getting the health care they need, and innovations that can lead to improved outcomes for youth with disabilities. Link: http://bit.ly/2vwJ74B

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Last edited by Tyler Schuster.   Page last modified on August 31, 2017

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