Homelessness among intellectual and developmental disability populations: implications for practice developments 

Michael J. Brown, Edward McCann

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While the issue of homelessness is one that is attracting global concern and attention, the situation of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) is one that has been the subject of limited attention. As a population, people with IDD often experience stigma and discrimination and are socially marginalized. Additionally, many experience significant health inequalities that directly impact their life expectancy and quality of life. There is clear international evidence that many continue to experience significant barriers when attempting to access care and support with important consequences for their health and social well-being. Many people with IDD have mental health issues and challenging behaviours that can have an impact upon their becoming homeless. Other factors include relationship and family breakdown, and bereavements, with men with IDD having a greater likelihood of becoming homeless. Therefore, there is a need for a sustained policy and service development focus on the specific needs of people with IDD who are at risk of homelessness and those who are homeless, and the services and supports necessary to assist people in exiting homelessness. Further research is also required to develop the evidence base in this area and in particular around the views and experiences of people with IDD who have been homeless.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHomelessness and mental health
EditorsJoão Mauricio Castaldelli-Maia, Antonio Ventriglio, Dinesh Bhugra
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191878572
ISBN (Print)9780198842668
Publication statusPublished - 24 Dec 2021

Publication series

NameOxford Cultural Psychiatry


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