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News Archives 2012

New research by Lurie Institute post-doctoral research fellow, Dr. Subharati Ghosh, shows caring for an adult child with a disability or mental illness increases the risk for disability in the caregiving parent. Dr. Ghosh's findings, published online in the November edition Psychiatric Services, found that caring for an adult child with developmental disabilities or mental illness increased by 38 percent the chances that an aging parent would develop disabilities of their own.

The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy's Annual Distinguished Lecture was held on Thursday, October 4, 2012, in the Zinner Forum at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management. The featured speaker this year was Aaron Bishop, M.S.S.W. Mr. Bishop is the executive director of the National Council on Disability, an independent federal agency that advises the US Congress and the president on disability policy. His lecture was entitled "Disability Policy Beyond Politics: Building Blocks for a Better Future." A reception followed the lecture.

The September 2012 issue of the American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities includes a paper entitled "Financial Well-being of Single, Working-age Mothers of Children with Developmental Disabilities" by Lurie Institute staff members Susan L. Parish, Jamie G. Swaine,  and Ellen Tracy Mayra.

On September 10, 2012, Susan Parish was a featured panelist in a special presentation with the Center for American Progress: Income Support for Children with Disabilities: Moving Towards Reforms That Work. Her powerpoint and policy brief concerned "Deprivation in Families of Disabled Children that Receive Child Supplemental Security Income Payments."

The July 2012 issue of the American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities includes a paper by Lurie Institute staff members Susan Parish, Maria Timberlake and Jamie Swaine entitled "Health Care of Latino Children with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities: Quality of Provider Interaction Mediates Utilization."

The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy was delighted to assist the Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation in hosting a special one-day workshop, “Living with Autism in Adulthood,” held on Wednesday, July 18th at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss progressive public policy and planning initiatives relevant to adults with autism.  Guest speakers included Denise Resnik, Bill Kiernan, PhD, Tamar Heller, PhD, and Paul Shattuck, PhD, as well as a parent-led led initiatives panel that included Maureen Manning, Anne Larkin, PhD, and Catherine Boyle. Topics for discussion included employment, residential planning, family and community supports, and the transition to more independent living. 

Susan Parish presented "Financial Well-being of Lone, Working-age Mothers of Children with Developmental Disabilities" at the IAFFE Conference on June 27th in Barcelona, Spain.

Susan Parish presented "Health Care of Children with Autism" at the 2012 AAIDD annual conference's opening plenary session on June 19th in Charlotte, North Carolina.  In addition, she spoke on "Changes in Cervical and Breast Cancer Screening Knowledge of Women with Developmental Disabilities:  Results from a Randomized Controlled Trial" at the Women's Health Symposium Session at the AAIDD conference.

On June 16th, Susan Parish presented "Financial well-being of single, working-age mothers of children with developmental disabilities" at the Work and Family Researchers Network Conference in NYC.

In June, Subharati Ghosh presented a poster, "Effects of Having a Child with Developmental or Mental Health Problems on Parental Health: Moderating Effects of Excessive Alcohol Consumption," at the Global Conference on Aging in Prague.

A new paper by Esther Son entitled "National Prevalence of Peer Victimization among Young Children with Disabilities in the United States" was published in the journal Children and Youth Services Review, April 2012.

Susan Parish presented "Cervical and Breast Cancer Screening for Women with Intellectual Disabilities" to the faculty of the MGl Health Policy Institute in Boston on Friday, May 11th.

Subharati Ghosh, a post-doctoral research fellow at the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy, presented "Life Course Impacts of Parenting a Child with Disabilities" on April 25th at the Heller School.

Susan Parish, director of the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy, presented "Rigorous and Inclusive Health Promotion Research with Women with Disabilities: New Evidence from the Field" on April 4, 2012, to the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research in Washington, D.C. 

The Lurie Institute has several new YouTube videos related to the Women Be Healthy project. Click on the links below to view these videos.

On April 3, 2012, the Heller School for Social Policy and Management Tuesday Talks Series featured Susan Parish. The topic of Dr. Parish's talk was "Cervical and Breast Cancer Screening for Women with Intellectual Disabilities."

Susan Parish  presented a poster, "Cervical and Breast Cancer Screening for Women with Intellectual Disabilities," at the 45th Annual Gatlinburg Conference, in Annapolis, MD, on March 8, 2012.

The Lurie Institute presented the film "Body & Soul: Diana & Kathy" on January 27, 2012.

On January 18th, Susan Parish presented a talk on "Cervical and Breast Cancer Screening of Women with Developmental Disabilities" at Ibis Reproductive Health in Cambridge, MA.

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