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VJVirtual | Care of people with IDD in Ukraine: why act now?

Seth Keller • 1 Aug 2022

Seth Keller, MD, American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD), explains the reasoning behind his recent visit to Ukraine with Disability Rights International (DRI). DRI is dedicated to promoting human rights and full participation in the society of people with disabilities worldwide. As an international leader in the neurological care of adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) and with over 20 years of experience in the field, Dr Keller was invited to be the medical eyes and ears in the latest DRI mission in Ukraine. In the US, over the last 50 years, there has been significant progress in the care of people with IDD, including more access to rights and services. However, that has not been the case in other countries across the world. In Ukraine, the institutionalization of people with IDD remains a common practice, leaving them segregated from society and, in many cases, with no access to appropriate social or medical care. DRI and other organizations have been visiting the country to report on the ongoing issues and push for better care for those with IDD. This interview was recorded during an online conference call with The Video Journal of Neurology (VJNeurology).