Year of Publication


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Document Type

Doctoral Dissertation




Educational Policy Studies and Eval

First Advisor

Dr. Kelly Bradley


Adults with intellectual disabilities are not only more likely to be obese, but they are also more prone to medical complications, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, thyroid disorder and osteoporosis. Therefore, health programs targeting this population are becoming more frequent in nature, and learning what makes such programs effective will be important in serving this population. A health program for adults between the ages of eighteen and forty with mild, moderate, and severe intellectual disabilities was evaluated in order to learn how the individual health program could be improved and in what ways the program itself could serve as a model for health programs serving a similar population elsewhere. In evaluating the health program, the researcher collected data from the residents of the program, the residents’ legal guardians or representative, staff members, and administrators. Data were gathered through both qualitative and quantitative methods of observations, questionnaires, focus groups, and interviews. This study serves to provide future researchers with a model for not only other health programs, but for any researchers hoping to involve individuals with all mild, moderate, or severe intellectual disabilities.

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