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AUCD - Posters: Emergency Preparedness

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Monday, December 7, 2020 12:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Location: Virtual


Assessment of preparedness and response to natural disasters in families with children with suspected or diagnosed developmental disabilities


Carol Salas, Psy.D., Director, Institute on Developmental Disabilities, UCEDD

Families of children with disabilities faced many challenges in meeting their health needs and the vulnerability during emergencies and disasters. Service providers are important sources of information for these families before and during emergencies.The main objective of this study was to describe the emergency preparedness strategies and needs of families of childcare centers with children with IDD during Hurricane Maria and earthquakes in Puerto Rico.

Reflections on Emergency Preparedness Training for Puerto Rico, COVID-19, civil unrest.


Howard Zlamal, M.Ed., Mr. , The University of Arizona, LEND

This presentation is from the makers of "Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities". It is designed to go over what techniques were effective or ineffective in real life situations. COVID-19 will be discussed, along with techniques for the aftermath of hurricanes and earthquakes. The crisis involving civil unrest will also be discussed. Please join us in making the world a safer and better place!

The Impact of COVID-19 on Quality of Life among Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Direct Support Professionals


Erin Vinoski Thomas, PhD, MPH, Research Assistant Professor, Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State University, UCEDD/LEND

We will present findings from a study exploring how COVID-19 has affected quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and direct support professionals. We will describe background information, and our research methods and findings. We will engage attendees in discussions around potential policy recommendations supported by our findings. This session may be relevant to those interested in: advocacy, health care, policy, direct support work, and emergency management.