Diabetes and Developmental Disability: Meeting the Challenge. A Manual and Teaching Aid for Caregivers. R. N. Linehan. Philadelphia: Diabetes Education and Research Center, 2002.

Diabetes is a leading chronic disease that affects 17 million people in our country. One million people are newly diagnosed each year. This is a disease that is more prevalent in minorities: 13% of non-Hispanic Blacks, 10.2% of Hispanic/Latino Americans, and 15.1% of American Indians and Alaska Natives have diabetes (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, 2002). It is not known how many people with intellectual disabilities/developmental disabilities (ID/DD) have diabetes, but the number is more than likely representative of their ethnic background. On the other hand, many genetic conditions, for example, Alstrom syndrome and Bardet-Biedl syndrome, have higher incidences of diabetes associated with the condition. Therefore, it is imperative that books are available for...

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