What is IDD and how can I start my entry-level career as an IDD service provider?

What is IDD?  

According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), IDD stands for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

From the American Psychiatric Association (APA) website, intellectual disabilities involve problems with general mental abilities that affect two areas of functioning:

  • Intellectual functioning such as learning, problem solving, and judgement.
  • Adaptive functioning such as activities of daily life including communication and independent living.

Intellectual disability is a life-long condition, however, early intervention may improve functioning and enable the individual to thrive throughout their lifetime.


What are some examples of IDD?

Some examples of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) include (not a comprehensive list):

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Epilepsy
  • Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Impulse Control Disorder

Please note that even among people with same diagnosis, symptoms and presentation can differ greatly.


What services are available to support our IDD community?

Some examples of IDD services can include (not a comprehensive list):

  • Behavior Services
  • Counseling
  • In-Home Respite
  • Nursing Services
  • Residential Homes

The individuals or organizations that provide these services to our IDD community are called IDD service providers.


How can I learn more about supporting our IDD community?

You can actually get started in a career supporting our Bay Area, Asian IDD community by attending a FREE training through the Diversity in Health Training Insititute (DHTI)!

DHTI's Asian Resource Network (ARN) project, launched in 2020, is funded by the Department of Development Services to increase access to services for Asians navigating intellectual and developmental disabilities through community outreach and engagement, workforce development. 

One way we do this is by providing FREE training to Asian language speaking students who want to start a career supporting our Bay Area, Asian IDD community!

Some of the free trainings we provide include:

To find out more about each training, click on the links above!