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DDI Speaks with Forbes About Health Equity for All

DDI recently had the opportunity to raise awareness about health equity for people with Autism and other Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

We can’t think of a better expert to speak on the topic than DDI Director of OPWDD Nursing Services, Sheila Thurman. With a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Sheila is a Registered Nurse (RN), a Certified Developmental Disabilities Nurse (CDDN) and a passionate advocate for quality care, particularly for people with profound disabilities. Her experience serving children and adults at DDI gives her direct knowledge of the challenges our current system of medical care presents for people with complex mental and behavioral needs.

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According to the article, achieving health equity requires a multifaceted approach that addresses systemic barriers, improves communication in healthcare settings, enacts supportive policies and legislation, and leverages data for targeted interventions.

"Policy and legislation play a huge role in advancing health equity for those with disabilities. Currently, in New York, we are calling on Governor Hochul and our elected officials to address the crisis facing families, staff, and individuals with disabilities," Thurman said.

CLICK HERE to read the full Forbes article.