Health and health service use of young adults with autism and developmental disabilities

Young adults with developmental disabilities are more likely to have poorer overall health, have at least one psychiatric diagnosis and have higher health service use than young adults without developmental disabilities.

The transition from child to adult health care services is difficult, particularly for young adults with developmental disabilities because of their complex health needs and because of the challenges they face in accessing services. More research is needed to understand the kinds of health issues faced by this population, how they use health care services, and where health care policy and planning can be improved.

This H-CARDD Snapshot looks at research which sought to answer those questions for Ontario’s young adults with developmental disabilities, including those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

H-CARDD Snapshots present summaries of research in the field of developmental disabilities. You can also view the video below. And check out this Emergency Care Tool Kit.

H-CARDD is a research program with the primary goal of enhancing the overall health and well-being of people with developmental disabilities through improved health care policy and services. H-CARDD research is conducted by dedicated teams of scientists, policymakers, and health care providers.

Read this H-CARDD Snapshot here!