COVID-19

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8/9/2022

ANCOR's COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit

As a DSP, It's Up to Me! Protect yourself and the people you support

Developed by ANCOR with funding from the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), "As a DSP It's Up to Me" recognizes that people with I/DD should be able to live and thrive in their communities. We want them to live where they want to live, with whom they want to live. We want them to have jobs that are fulfilling to them. And we recognize achieving these goals requires isolating people with I/DD from the dangers of COVID-19. With a goal of keeping people with I/DD and the people around them safe and healthy, The COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit was designed with ANCOR members and other community providers in mind. You are an essential partner for this initiative, and these tools were designed for you-to make it as easy as possible for you to engage with your colleagues on the frontlines to get vaccinated.

 
 

7/25/2022

MHMR Authority of Brazos Valley to provide Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

MHMR Authority of Brazos Valley is working with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) IDD-BH Unit to administer and disperse Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Pandemic Emergency Assistance Funds (PEAF), which was authorized through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (HR 1319). The TANF PEAF addresses housing and ancillary needs of needy families in which dependent children have or reside with a family who has a diagnosis of a mental health condition, intellectual or developmental disability (IDD), and/or substance use disorder and who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic through the provision of direct financial assistance or services aimed at short-term stabilization efforts for families.

 
 

6/10/2022

MI-DDI Co-hosts Vaccination, Health Clinic for People with Disabilities and their Families

The Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute (MI-DDI) co-sponsored a health and resource fair with Disability Rights Michigan, as a part of the Michigan Vaccination Partners. Here, a new ADA-compliant Wayne Health Mobile Unit offered vaccinations and boosters, as well as diabetes, cholesterol and kidney function screenings; blood pressure screenings; COVID-19 testing; HIV testing; mental health screenings; and referrals to health and care resources in the community.

 
 

4/5/2022

Mailman Center Hosts Successful Conference on Early Childhood Development in a Pandemic

Over 250 childhood personnel and allied health professionals including speech language pathologists, psychologists, social workers, and physicians participated in the University of Miami Mailman Center for Child Development Innovation and Connection Conference on February 8th, 2022. The conference, "Promoting Early Childhood Development in the Era of COVID: Practice, Policy, and Future Opportunities," brought together experts in early childhood development to discuss challenges and opportunities for the care and wellness of young children as they grow up in a pandemic.

 
 

4/1/2022

WIHD Develops Post-COVID Roadmap to Recovery and Resilience

WIHD took on the challenge of strategic planning during these uncertain times in order to be well-positioned to respond to whatever scenarios may arise over the coming years. This effort culminated in the development of what we are calling our Post- COVID Roadmap.

 
 

2/17/2022

The ND Center for Persons with Disabilities Collaboration with the Morehouse National COVID - 19 Resiliency Network

Because of our participation in the regional community coalition meetings through the Morehouse National COVID Resiliency Network (NCRN), the ND Center for Persons with Disabilities (NDCPD) became increasingly aware of health inequities related to COVID-19 among vulnerable populations in our state Based on this increased awareness, NDCPD has established a variety of partnerships and launched several initiatives.

 
 
COVID-19 Community Education Coordinator, Miranda Hooper, delivering KN-95 masks across Oklahoma.

2/14/2022

The Center for Learning and Leadership Oklahoma's University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) Distributes over 150,000 Masks Across the State

The Center for Learning and Leadership Oklahoma's University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (CLL/UCEDD), at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, received a large donation of KN-95 masks to offer to our community affiliates and academic partners at no cost thanks to their partnership with OU Health. Through this generous donation, the CLL/UCEDD was able to provide over 150,000 high-quality KN-95 masks to more than 25 university affiliates, and CLL-affiliated community-based provider agencies and programs that serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their families across the state of Oklahoma.

 
 
A woman with dark curly hair stands next to a woman with hair pulled back, seated in a wheelchair. They are outside and looking at the camera. They are wearing face masks and appear to be smiling

2/10/2022

COVID Vaccine Public Service Announcements

To address the significant health risks for people with IDD and direct support workers, the Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota, in partnership with NADSP and support from AUCD, is producing a series of public service announcements encouraging direct support workers to get vaccinated. Please share these captioned videos across your networks.

 
 

2/9/2022

MI-DDI, Wayne State receives $7M grant to address equitable access to vaccines for Michigan residents disproportionally impacted by COVID-19 pandemic

The Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute (MI-DDI) at Wayne State University (WSU) recently received a 3-year, $7 million grant to address the need to ensure greater equity and access to COVID-19 vaccines, boosters, and other vaccination needs in Michigan. The goal of the project is to increase the number of vaccinated people with disabilities, along with their family members and caregivers; people who are homebound or isolated; people with transportation limitations; and people living in communities with high social vulnerability index.

 
 

2/1/2022

Call for Participants: COVID-19 Vaccine Communications Study by NCRN

AUCD is doing a study to test COVID-19 vaccine ads. This study is an online survey that tracks your eyes when you are looking at an ad. This study will be done on a computer or laptop that has a camera. Participants must be a person with an intellectual or developmental disability between the ages of 18-24. All participants will receive a $50 Amazon gift card stipend.

 
 
A close up of three folded white tshirts layered vertically on top of each other. The top one reads Vacunada Vaccinated. The middle one reads Vacunado Vaccinated. The bottom one reads Vacunadx Vaccinated.

1/31/2022

Vacunda? Vacundo? Vacundx?

AUCD Efforts with the National COVID-19 Resiliency Network (NCRN)

AUCD participated in NCRN's Regional Community Coalition to increase COVID-19 vaccination efforts. Read a story from one of our AUCD Network members, who engaged in this coalition.

 
 

1/12/2022

COVID-19 Vaccines for Children with Developmental Disabilities: Parent Survey of Willingness and Concerns

Compared to the general pediatric population, parents of nearly 400 children with a DD were more willing for them to receive COVID-19 vaccines. In this new pre-print by the RFK UCEDD (Bronx, NY) and SCDD UCEDD (Rochester, NY), parents of 75%, 49%, and 38% of children aged 12-17, 6-11 and 0-5 years-old, respectively, had gotten or would get their child vaccinated ASAP. (the study was fielded when vaccines were authorized for children aged 12+ years.)

 
 

1/12/2022

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) Produces Trio of Videos on the COVID-19 Vaccine and Individuals with Intellectual Disability

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VKC UCEDD)(TN IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND) has produced three brief videos to build COVID-19 vaccine confidence in the disability community. These videos feature an adult with an intellectual disability and a parent and her daughter with autism, who share their personal experiences, hesitancy, and decision-making related to getting themselves or their child vaccinated.

 
 

1/10/2022

Georgetown UCEDD Creates COVID-19 Video Series featuring Family Physician

The Georgetown UCEDD created a COVID-19 video series featuring a family physician, called "Ask Dr. Kim." This series answers questions like "What is COVID-19?" and "What is all the talk about needing a booster shot?"

 
 

12/13/2021

It's Worth the Shot!

The second video in a series of the Worth The Shot Campaign by the Mississippi Developmental Disabilities Network is now available to view at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkHUA1cRv4w. In this video, Taylor shares his journey of getting vaccinated and how the vaccine has helped him get back to doing the things he loves: advocating for the disability community and creating awesome things.

 
 
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