26 November, 2012
FOUNDER OF INTERNATIONAL MEN'S DAY, JEROME TEELUCKSINGH, Ph.D. DELIVERS MESSAGE TO WASHINGTON, D.C.'S PAN AMERICAN HEALTH ORGANIZATION
On Monday, 19 November 2012, Jerome Teelucksingh, Ph.D., the Founder of International Men's Day and Chairman of the International Men's Day Coordination Committee delivered the following message from Port-of-Spain in Trinidad and Tobago to the Pan American Health Organization in Washington, D.C. as it observed International Men's Day:
"To the Director of the Pan American Health Organization in Washington, D.C., the local Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Representative, Dr. Bernadette Theodore-Gandi, and the staff and guests in the Caribbean offices. I am indeed grateful to the Pan American Health Organization for observing International Men’s Day today. This special day has been continuously observed for the past 14 years and today it is recognized in more than 70 countries. This year the focus is on Men’s health- their mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health. World Diabetes Day was celebrated on November 14 and the world is becoming increasingly aware and sensitive to numerous health issues.
However, lifestyle and non-communicable diseases are still too prevalent. Alcohol, cigarette and illegal drug abuse, irresponsible sexual activity, stress and obesity endanger the quality of the lives of our men and their health and so gnaw at the very fiber of our families, communities and nations. We men must take control of our own health too even though modern drugs and scientific research may offer some basic solutions to our health issues. We continue to salute and pay tribute to all researchers, health personnel and volunteers who work tirelessly to ensure that our men achieve their goals in their quest for mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health."
THE DAD SHOW LOOKS AT A "SINGLE FATHER RAISING CHILDREN WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES" ON 27 NOVEMBER 2012
Join the Dad Show with host Kenneth D. Thompson discussing a "Single Father Raising Children with Intellectual Disabilities" The DadShow airs on Tuesday November 27th at 6:00pm Tune-in to KAZI 88.7fm or listen to the program courtesy of a live stream at www.KAZIFM.org or www.dadshow.com Call-in numbers are 512.451.5624 or 1.866.451.5624.
Guest: Genold Jones - a single father, discussing raising a child with intellectual disabilities. Intellectual disability is a term used when a person has certain limitations in mental functioning and in skills such as communicating, taking care of him or herself, and social skills. These limitations will cause a child to learn and develop more slowly than a typical child. Children with intellectual disabilities (sometimes called cognitive disabilities or mental retardation) may take longer to learn to speak, walk, and take care of their personal needs such as dressing or eating. They are likely to have trouble learning in school. They will learn, but it will take them longer. There may be some things they cannot learn.
How are Intellectual Disabilities Diagnosed? Intellectual disabilities are diagnosed by looking at two main things. These are:
■the ability of a person’s brain to learn, think, solve problems, and make sense of the world (called IQ or intellectual functioning); and
■whether the person has the skills he or she needs to live independently (called adaptive behavior, or adaptive functioning).
Intellectual functioning, or IQ, is usually measured by a test called an IQ test. The average score is 100. People scoring below 70 to 75 are thought to have an intellectual disability. To measure adaptive behavior, professionals look at what a child can do in comparison to other children of his or her age. Certain skills are important to adaptive behavior.
■daily living skills, such as getting dressed, going to the bathroom, and feeding one’s self;
■communication skills, such as understanding what is said and being able to answer;
■social skills with peers, family members, adults, and others. To diagnose an intellectual disability, professionals look at the person’s mental abilities (IQ) and his or her adaptive skills.
Both of these are highlighted in the definition of this disability within our nation’s special education law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). IDEA is the federal law that guides how early intervention and special education services are provided to infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disbilities. In IDEA, ”intellectual disability” is defined as follows:
Definition of “Intellectual Disability” under IDEA Until Rosa’s Law was signed into law by President Obama in October 2010, IDEA used the term “mental retardation” instead of “intellectual disability.” Rosa’s Law changed the term to be used in future to “intellectual disability.” The definition itself, however, did not change. Accordingly, “intellectual disability” is defined as… “…significantly subaverage general intellectual functioning, existing concurrently with deficits in adaptive behavior and manifested during the developmental period, that adversely affects a child’s educational performance.” [34 CFR §300.8(c)(6)]
Providing services to help individuals with intellectual disabilities has led to a new understanding of how we define the term. After the initial diagnosis is made, we look at a person’s strengths and weaknesses. We also look at how much support or help the person needs to get along at home, in school, and in the community. This approach gives a realistic picture of each individual. It also recognizes that the “picture” can change. As the person grows and learns, his or her ability to get along in the world grows as well.
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