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Tips for Communicating with a Patient with Intellectual Disabilities

June 2019 | Center for Inclusive Health - Special Olympics

The resource linked below shares tips for communicating with patients with intellectual disabilities. As the tips indicate, the most important thing to remember is to communicate with the patient first before turning to family members, caregivers, or others who may accompany the patient to appointments. 

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