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Improving Nutrition Students’ Knowledge and Perceived Competence to Provide Nutrition Education to Adults with Disabilities via Experiential Learning

Published:February 07, 2017DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jand.2016.12.009
      Providing nutrition care to those with disabilities is an important and emerging area of nutrition expertise. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as other Americans.

      Americans Disability Act. Introduction to the ADA. https://www.ada.gov/ada_intro.html. Accessed August 7, 2016.

      According to the ADA National Network, there is no universal definition for disability, although the ADA defines disability broadly.

      ADA National Network. Understanding Disability Statistics. https://adata.org/factsheet/understanding-disability-statistics.html. Accessed December 10, 2016.

      As reported by the US Census bureau, 19% of Americans have a disability, and half of these individuals have a severe disability.

      Nearly 1 in 5 People Have a Disability in the U.S., Census Bureau Reports Report Released to Coincide with 22nd Anniversary of the ADA. July 2012. https://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/miscellaneous/cb12-134.html. Accessed August 7, 2016.

      Difficulty with hearing, vision, cognition, ambulation, mental health, self-care, or independent living are some of the ways disabilities may manifest.

      United States Census Bureau. Disability: American community survey (ACS). https://www.census.gov/people/disability/methodology/acs.html. Updated June 9, 2014. Accessed August 7, 2016.

      A disability may be present at birth or develop later in life, and it may result from genetic or chromosomal injury, disease, or other causes.

      Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Disability overview: Impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions. http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/disabilityandhealth/disability.html. Updated July 22, 2015. Accessed August 7, 2016.

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