As the COVID Delta Variant numbers continue to rise, a renewed concern about those most vulnerable in our communities has prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to take steps to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) understand and protect themselves against the virus. A toolkit and tip sheet are just a few of the new resources for IDD and their caregivers.
“People with intellectual and developmental disabilities can experience communication barriers that make it harder for them to understand and act on crucial health guidance,” said Dr. Karen Remley, director of CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. “The aim of these materials is to help people with IDD, their parents and other caregivers share critical information with their loved ones about COVID-19 and what to expect when getting a COVID-19 test or vaccine and explain how to stay safe if they are not vaccinated.”
The toolkit contains social stories, videos, posters, and interactive activities that focus on five topics:
· Getting a COVID-19 vaccine
· Wearing a mask
· Social distancing
· Hand washing
· Getting a COVID-19 test
There is also a tip sheet created for caregivers that offers suggestions for things they can do to ease their loved one’s worries about the virus.
“Parents and caregivers work hard to help the person they support stay healthy and safe. These materials can help parents or other caregivers of people with IDD navigate important conversations about COVID-19,” said Remley.
Visit CDC’s full suite of COVID-19 materials for people with IDD and their caregivers at COVID-19 Materials for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Care Providers | CDC
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention