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Standards of care: nutrition for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities

A standard of care is a health treatment guideline that is based on scientific evidence. Standards of care for nutrition for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities were lacking…. so researchers at the University of Montana Rural Institute, in collaboration with professional nutrition and dietetics organizations, service providers, and adults with IDD, wrote Standards of Care. The links below are to the first editions. We would like your feedback, whether you are a doctor, a nutritionist, a person with IDD, or a family member.

You can download and print these Standards of Care. They are public documents. If you would like printed copies, contact Diana Spas at the Rural Institute and she will send you some copies. Click here to contact Ms. Spas.

Nutrition Standards of Care1) Nutrition Standards of Care
For use by Personal Assistants, Service Providers, Healthcare Providers, Nutrition Professionals, and Family Members. The goal of this Nutrition Standards of Care is to help professional carers and family members promote quality food and nutrition supports for adults with IDD. The minimum Standards of Care in nutrition for adults with IDD are to:

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Eat Well to Feel Well2) Eat Well to Feel Well: Your Plan for Good Health

 This version of the Standards of Care is for individuals with IDD to use personally. It includes ideas about healthy diet and good nutrition and has a pull-out Personal Food Guide Pyramid, written in an accessible format with simpler language and concepts.

Both Standards of Care include the Nutrition Rights for Individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities. Individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD) have the right to expect:

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