Time to Be Counted: COVID-19 and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Executive Summary: "The COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic has impacted the lives and well-being of all people globally, with consequences being observed across all domains from physical and mental health to education and employment outcomes, to access to community supports and services. However, the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated public health restrictions on individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) has largely been overlooked. Not only do people with IDD have a greater risk of severe complications and death from the virus as shown in large scale studies, but they also face significant short- and long-term consequences of COVID-related public health measures on their mental health and well-being. [...] In creating this Policy Briefing and the recommendations presented within it, several themes emerged which crossed several of the domains. In particular, two primary themes were identified as overarching principles that were used to guide the development of the domain-specific recommendations. These 'guiding principles' (United Nations, 2020; Government of Canada, 2020) were: '1. ''Nothing about us without us'' - the disability rights movement slogan which has been adopted by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and refers to the inclusion and active involvement of persons with disabilities in all pandemic response planning and decision-making that would impact them. '2. Accessibility and accommodations' - COVID-19 policies must incorporate the unique needs, challenges, and vulnerabilities of individuals with IDD, including equal access to COVID-19 testing, treatment, health care, and vaccination. All facilities and procedures must be accessible."

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