• To learn how people with a learning disability continue to experience significant health inequalities
• To understand how many people’s learning disability goes unrecognised
• To familiarise yourself with the Child and Adolescent Intellectual Disability Questionnaire
Background Many people with a learning disability are unable to benefit from health improvement measures because their learning disability is unrecognised. Screening tools such as the Child and Adolescent Intellectual Disability Screening Questionnaire (CAIDS-Q) can assist with the identification of learning disability.
Aim To explore whether the use of a new online version of the CAIDS-Q to identify whether or not an individual was likely to have a learning disability was consistent with reported learning disability as identified previously by a healthcare or education professional.
Methods Anonymous data from people who used the online CAIDS-Q in the first weeks of the launch were collated and analysed.
Results Of the 159 people who used the online CAIDS-Q, 126 (79%) were family members and/or carers of the person being screened and 31 (19%) were professionals (predominantly healthcare and education professionals). Of the 52 people who had been identified previously as having a learning disability, 47 (90%) were correctly identified as such by the CAIDS-Q score.
Conclusion The CAIDS-Q online screening tool for learning disability can be used by professionals and parents. It correctly identified 90% of people who had previously been identified as having a learning disability. The accuracy of the online version of the CAIDS-Q is similar to hard copy versions, which suggests that it may be an accurate tool that can assist with the identification of people with a learning disability.
Learning Disability Practice. doi: 10.7748/ldp.2020.e2106Peer review
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Karen McKenzie is a co-developer of the Child and Adolescent Intellectual Disability Screening Questionnaire (CAIDS-Q) and receives a small payment for its use
McKenzie K, Murray A, Thompson J et al (2020) Evaluating an evidence-based online screening tool to identify learning disability. Learning Disability Practice. doi: 10.7748/ldp.2020.e2106
Published online: 19 November 2020
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