PATHS: Providing Accessible Training and Home Support for Parents with Intellectual Disabilities in Arizona June 4, 2024 at 9:30 am

There are limited formal supports available to individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID) when they become parents. In addition, parents with ID and their children experience a higher risk of negative outcomes in health, development, and child welfare involvement. Evidence-based home visiting programs (EBHV) support parents and children in their homes while utilizing an evidenced-based curriculum to help families meet the developmental and health needs of their young children. According to West & Dibble, 2022, “There is strong theoretical support for EBHV as a strategy to help address the needs of parents with ID.” Since the passing of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) legislation in 2010 under the Affordable Care Act, the presence and availability of evidenced-based home visiting programs has increased. These programs are widely available to parents across the state of Arizona. Unfortunately, there have been few studies that have examined the ability of evidence-based home visiting programs and the competency of their staff to appropriately implement support services to parents with ID. PATHS aims to bridge the gap in order to optimize the support services being offered by home visitors of parents with ID in the state of Arizona through supplemental materials and trainings.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Participants will gain an understanding of the general disparities found in research and practice of supporting parents with intellectual disabilities
2. Participants will learn about the PATHS project, its history, and its role in helping evidenced-based home visiting programs (EBHV) meet the needs of parents with intellectual disabilities. The future of PATHS will also be discussed.
3. Participants will be introduced to the supplemental and training materials created by PATHS to support EBHV programs meeting the needs of parents with ID.


Capizzi, Clancey
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