ICF-MR, ICF-IID, QMRP, QDDP, QIDP…times are changing in the world of Intellectual Disabilities.

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March 5th 2014 marked the annual day of awareness for the “Spread the word to end the word” movement.  In support of the campaign to end the “R Word” I thought a short reminder of the importance of the issue would be helpful. On October 5, 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama officially signed bill S. 2781 into federal law. Rosa’s Law, which takes its name and inspiration for 9-year-old Rosa Marcellino, removes the terms “mental retardation” and “mentally retarded” from federal health, education and labor policy and replaces them with people first language “individual with an intellectual disability” and “intellectual disability.” The signing of Rosa’s Law was a significant milestone in establishing dignity, inclusion and respect for all people with intellectual disabilities.

As a result of Rosa’s Law the acronyms that we are all accustomed to have changed. There is no longer an ICF-MR system. It is now ICF-IID (Intermediate Care Facility – Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities). The acronym QMRP has also changed although I see it in several forms from state to state. Some are using QDDP (Qualified Development Disability Professional), while others are using QIDP (Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional).

Regardless of what you choose, it is imperative that you ensure that these terms are changed on ALL of your documents. In trying to stay on the front line of the industry, it is essential that you stay up to date on all policy changes as well as cultural changes.

Look through your document titles as well as the narratives and make sure that your team is not guilty of using the “R Word”.

For more information about the campaign visit: http://r-word.org

 

 

About Gail Dibrell

During Gail’s 30 plus years in the industry she has done it all, from direct care to leadership management. Gail is a licensed Social Worker and her specialty is crisis management and troubleshooting.

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