IMPACT: A Special Issue on Crisis Management for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

July 7, 2021

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Impact contains contributions from researchers at Texas A&M University's Center on Disability and Development and the University of Texas at Austin's Texas Center for Disability Studies. Dr. Laura M. Stough, served as edition editor, along with Mary Sowers, Executive Director of the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services, and Renáta Tichá, Co-Director of the Global Resource Center for Inclusive Education at the Institute on Community Integration. Note that this interactive digital edition also provides a voiced reader to increase accessibility.

Articles include new research on the COVID-19 case-fatality rate for people with IDD by Margaret A. Turk at SUNY Upstate Medical University and Scott Landes at Syracuse University. Longtime disability community leader Kim Keprios contributes a deeply personal story about the death of her brother Mike during the pandemic. Inclusion International's Sue Swenson contributes an introduction to a series of articles about the lessons learned from historical disasters. Georgetown University's Tawara Goode delves into the intersection of disability, race, and ethnicity during the pandemic. A number of self-advocates, including Texas A&M University graduate Ellie Hefner, offer their own compelling stories of living through crises.