Study finds adults with developmental disabilities at risk for dying prematurely at a rate nearly four times higher than those without developmental disabilities [2019-02-21]

Adults with developmental disabilities in Ontario are nearly four times more likely to die before the age of 75 compared to adults without developmental disabilities, according to a new report by researchers at ICES, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), and University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). In fact, adults with developmental disabilities continue to consistently have poorer health outcomes across the board when compared to other adults.

The report entitled “Addressing Gaps in the Health Care Services Used by Adults with Developmental Disabilities in Ontario” found that during the six-year study period (2010 to 2016), 6.1 per cent of adults with developmental disabilities compared to 1.6 per cent of adults without developmental disabilities died prematurely.

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