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The IIIDD

The Initiative for Individuals With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities was conceived, and is designed, to complement special education intervention by addressing the psychological, social, and emotional well-being of individuals with developmental disabilities, as well as their families.

Purpose

The IIIDD exists to enhance the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their families, by:

  • Addressing the psychological, social, and emotional well-being of these individuals.
  • Using a life span perspective to address important issues from birth through adulthood.
  • Conceptualizing all individuals from a holistic perspective, including biological, psychological, social, and spiritual processes.

IIIDD Mission Statement

The broad mission of the Initiative for Individuals With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is to enhance the lives of individuals with differing abilities and their families. The initiative is distinguished from previous efforts, which have largely centered on the educational experience of these individuals, by focusing primarily on the psychological and social/emotional well-being of individuals living with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (such as autism spectrum disorders). A holistic perspective is needed to effectively assess relevant issues and develop comprehensive systems of support. Specifically, the initiative incorporates a life span perspective (i.e., infancy through adulthood, development of individuals with differing abilities, life-planning); recognizes that all individuals are bio-psycho-social and spiritual beings; and strives to create a community based on the core values of equality, respect, self-determination, reciprocity, and compassion.

Primary goals

  • Train and support professionals to work with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their families.
  • Support research related to the psychological, social, and emotional well-being of these individuals.
  • Educate the SPU and local communities regarding challenges faced by these individuals and their families.
  • Serve as a catalyst for a national forum for professionals, paraprofessionals, and lay advocates for dialogue and training.

Faculty contact

Beverly​ Wilson

Professor of Clinical Psychology

Email: bjwilson@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2832
Office: Marston 109

autism research

SPFC Autism Research

The Study of Autism and Self-Regulation Project (STAR) is investigating the self-regulation skills of young children with autism spectrum disorders.

Living Well Initiative

SPU believes its ministry extends beyond the classroom into the broader community. The Living Well Initiative is a multidisciplinary educational program addressing the needs of those affected by severe, persistent mental health conditions. 

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