IDD Health Matters: Cathy Ficker Terrill’s Quest for IDD Inclusion & Equity

Join Dr. Craig Escude on a compelling episode of IDD Health Matters, where he engages in an enlightening conversation with Cathy Ficker Terrill, a seasoned expert with 48 years of experience in the field of supports and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). This episode delves into Cathy’s extensive career, highlighting her roles from a direct support professional to an influential figure in promoting inclusion, quality, and employment within the IDD community.

Cathy shares transformative stories and insights from her journey, including her pivotal role as a court monitor in a landmark case that led to the eradication of subminimum wage employment for people with IDD in a particular state. She discusses the shift from sheltered workshops to community-based employment, emphasizing the importance of job coaches and the positive impact of employment on individuals with IDD.

The conversation also covers the evolution of person-centered planning, the significance of listening to and empowering individuals with IDD to make their own decisions, and the role of technology in modernizing supports and services. Cathy highlights the critical need for better communication between healthcare providers, supporters, and individuals with IDD, advocating for supported decision-making and the use of technology to enhance the lives of those with IDD.

Dr. Escude and Cathy Ficker Terrill explore the challenges and successes in the quest for health equity and inclusion for people with IDD, offering valuable advice for professionals, families, and individuals alike. This episode is a must-listen for anyone interested in understanding and advancing the field of IDD health and wellness.

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