COVID-19 and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Information for Healthcare Providers

Since the start of the 2020 pandemic, a large amount of information has become available about the novel coronavirus (SARS-Cov-2) and the disease it causes (COVID-19). This webpage gives you selected information about COVID-19 and how it affects people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their caregivers, including:

  • Questions and answers with the latest evidence-based information, including practice considerations for health care providers.
  • Practical tools and resources to support and promote the health of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Monthly news updates highlighting emerging issues related to developmental disabilities and COVID-19.
  • Stories of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who experienced COVID-19.
  • Social media and expert blogs to follow.

For the latest general information about COVID-19 by the Public Health Agency of Canada, we recommend that you visit the  Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) website, at the Government of Canada. For public health recommendations in Ontario, read the Ontario Ministry of Health COVID-19 information.

For guidance relevant to COVID-19 and the care for people with disabilities, see also:

If you are a primary care provider in Ontario, we recommend the COVID-19 Resource Centre at the Centre for Effective Practice for general COVID-19 clinical guidance, including for special populations.