Design Thinking: Assessing the health needs of college students with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.

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Benjamin Hickerson, Associate Professor (Creator)
Jeffrey John Milroy, Associate Director (Creator)
Lindsey Ruth Oakes (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Background: There is a dearth of literature related to well-being of college studentswith IDD. The purpose of this study was to use design thinking to identify health-related innovations for college students with IDD.Method: Two design thinking events were conducted with participants (n = 16).Subsequent web-based surveys with a separate group of students with IDD (n = 18)assessed feasibility of each innovation. Collaborative group discussions were used toassess each innovation, and quantitate data were used to assess innovation feasibility.Results: A total of 16 innovations were constructed: 4 sexual health, dating and relationships, 2 drugs and/or alcohol, 2 exercise and physical activity, 2 socializing, leisureand recreation, 2 food and nutrition and 4 mental health.Conclusion: Design thinking methods are a suitable strategy to use with individualswith IDD and led to the development of innovations with high relevancy and feasibility for college students with IDD.

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Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 34(6), 1408-1420.
Language: English
Date: 2021
college students, design thinking, health, intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, rapid prototyping, wellness

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