Health Care for People with Disabilities

Certain Medical Conditions and Risk for Severe COVID-19 Illness

Symptoms, testing, what to do if sick, daily activities, and more. Source: CDC Summary of Recent Changes Revisions were made on December 23, 2020 to reflect recent data supporting increased risk of severe illness among persons with Down syndrome from the virus that causes COVID-19. Revisions also include addition of sickle cell disease and chronic …

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States Plan for Vaccinating their Populations against COVID-19

Source: The National Academy for State Health Policy Guided by evolving federal recommendations and limited vaccine supplies, states are refining their distribution plans that prioritize when specific workforce members and populations receive the COVID-19 vaccine. This chart “State Priorities for Distributions as of January 2021” below shows how each state is prioritizing populations in recently updated …

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Difference in Healthcare Usage, Pharmacy Prescriptions, and Healthcare Cost for Special Olympic Athletes Compared to Non‐athletes with Intellectual Disabilities

Source: Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities – Wiley Online Library Muhammad O. Al‐Heizan PhD, Brittany St. John MS, OTR/L, Lindsay DuBois PhD, Brandi Niemeier PhD, Karla K. Ausderau PhD, OTR/L First published: 30 September 2020 https://doi.org/10.1111/jppi.12363 Abstract Objectives Examine healthcare usage, pharmacy prescriptions and healthcare cost among people with Intellectual Disability (ID) …

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How Are Disabled People Affected When COVID-19 Health Care Rationing Happens? 

Source: NPR December 14, 20203:47 PM ET Heard on All Things Considered Joseph Shapiro Kimberly Conger, Sarah McSweeney’s nurse at her group home, shows a photo of McSweeney on her phone. She says McSweeney was outgoing and fun: “She absolutely adored going into malls and getting her makeup done and getting her hair done.” On the …

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Dementia and IDD | Julie Moran, DO Discusses Dementia, Aging, and IDD

Introduction In this webinar series, Julie Moran, DO discusses dementia, aging, and IDD.  Dr. Moran provides a basic overview of dementia, the stages of Alzheimer’s Disease, as well as caregiving. Source: Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center Presentation Slides (PDF) Additional Trainings and Resources Resources for Individuals with IDD and Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Early Evaluation of …

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Resources for Individuals with IDD and Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias

Under the Administration for Community Living’s Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative Specialized Support Services program, the Massachusetts Councils on Aging received a grant to assess and provide supports for people with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias and their caregivers. Source: Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center One-Page Guides An Overview of IDD and Dementia in Massachusetts Individuals with intellectual …

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Screening of Cognitive Changes in Adults with Intellectual Disabilities: A Systematic Review

A systematic review of the existing instruments assessing dementia, aiming to support researchers and clinicians’ best practice found the most used instrument completed by an informant or carer was the Dementia Questionnaire for Learning Disabilities (DLD) Source: Brain Sciences | Free Full-Text Background and Aims: Screening and assessment of cognitive changes in adults with Intellectual …

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