Since the onset of COVID-19, members of the H-CARDD Program were actively involved in identifying health and health care challenges for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and working in partnership to develop innovative solutions to address health care gaps during the pandemic.
With a focus on vaccination, we developed two policy briefs both focused on inclusivity and accessibility of vaccination efforts in Canada.
- Including People with Developmental Disabilities as a Priority Group in Canada’s COVID- 19 Vaccination Program: Key Considerations: Part 1
- Including People with Developmental Disabilities as a Priority Group in Canada’s COVID- 19 Vaccination Program: Key Considerations: Part 2
As well, H-CARDD contributed to an Ontario Science Brief on accessible vaccinations to further inform and guide vaccination practices for adults with IDD.
Our COVID program included two national virtual education projects aimed at building the capacity of people with developmental disabilities, families, and health and social service providers from across the country. For a summary of these projects, see our Snapshots and Easy Reads documents.
Our research team, including self-advocate and family caregiver advisors, presented Working Together to Deliver a Nationwide Virtual Education Program on improving mental and physical health during COVID at the 2023 Canadian Health and Wellbeing in Developmental Disabilities Conference.
Our team also worked in partnership with patients, families and health care providers to develop patient-friendly resources to support the health and wellbeing of adults with IDD and their families related to vaccination, emergency care, and mental health. Several of these resources were developed as part of the Developmental Disabilities Primary Care Program. Our resources can be found at www.hcarddcovid.com/info.
- Snapshot from the CIHR COVID Project to Support Mental Health
- Accessible dance videos
- My COVID Check in
- Hospital Transfer Form
- DDPCP COVID tools
"Everything has changed since COVID”: Ongoing challenges faced by Canadian adults with intellectual disabilities during waves 2 and 3 of the COVID-19 pandemic by Safar et al., Journal of Intellectual Disabilities (2024).
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The experiences and attitudes of family caregivers of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities at different timepoints in the COVID-19 pandemic by Tarzi et al., Disability and Health Journal (2023).
More together than apart’: The evaluation of a virtual course to improve mental health and well-being of adults with intellectual disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic by St. John et al., Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities (2022).
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Mental health and COVID-19: The impact of a virtual course for family caregivers of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities by Lake et al., Journal of Intellectual Disability Research (2022)
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Virtual Education Program to Support Providers Caring for People With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Rapid Development and Evaluation Study by Thakur et al., Journal of Medical Internet Research Mental Health (2021).
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