The Catalan Association of Integration and Human Development (acidH) is a Public Utility entity that since 1994 has worked in caring for people with Borderline Intelligence and Mild Intellectual Disability. Its main function is to provide services to cover their needs at a social, employment and training level and is dedicated to improving their quality of life.
The mission of acidH is to improve the quality of life of people with borderline intelligence, through comprehensive care, regardless of their aetiology and whether there is any other disorder, so that they might achieve the highest possible degree of autonomy.
People with Borderline Intelligence are those whose intellectual abilities are just below what is considered normal according to the WHO. They also have a deficit in adaptive capacity, in at least two of the following areas: communication, personal care, home life, social/interpersonal skills, use of community resources, self-control, academic skills, work, leisure, health and safety.
These deficits make them especially vulnerable with personal, social, educational and labour difficulties in meeting the demands of their surroundings, it being necessary to adjust the support to each person.
The Bosch Aymerich Foundation is collaborating with acidH in the Study for Clinical Research with Patients with Borderline Intelligence, the help being awarded for a period of three years.
The project consists of:
• Carrying out different clinical studies on improving the quality of life of people with Borderline Intelligence or Mild Intellectual Disability in areas such as cognitive deficit, lack of adaptive abilities or ageing.
• This year, different cognitive tests and questionnaires were carried out on 30 people using acidH to be able to detect those aspects that might help to improve their quality of life.
For ethical reasons, those participants assigned to the control group will receive treatment at the end of the study.
The signing of the collaboration agreement took place on 19 June 2020 and was attended by Mr. Eduard Ballester, director of the Catalan Association for Integration and Human Development, Mrs. Elena Cabarrocas, patron of the Bosch Aymerich Foundation and Mr. Antoni Bosch, patron of the Bosch Aymerich Foundation.