This work was supported by a grant from Shalem Fund
Intellectual disability (ID) is a dynamic phenomenon that can change during an individual’s lifetime. Therefore, a constant monitoring of function is warranted for improved services given to this group. In this research, we designed and validated a new screening tool (FST-ID) for detecting functional changes in adults with ID by their direct service providers. The new tool’s clinical applicability was tested during COVID-19. It was found to produce excellent psychometric values. Regular use of the FST-ID can improve services provided to individuals with ID and may be more economical than existing assessment methods.
Keywords: Adults with intellectual disabilities, Functional and environmental changes, Screening tool, COVID-19