Expert Voices

Knowledge about the health and wellbeing of adults with IDD during the COVID-19 pandemic is emerging quickly. Knowledge develops from research, patient experiences, and practice experience. We welcome health care providers interested in sharing their practice experience with patients with IDD during this pandemic, for example in a case description, blog post, or interview to contact us. Your knowledge can be helpful to other practitioners. Contact us at

Blogs by research experts on health and IDD

Interested in following the latest discussions and emerging issues about health care of adults with IDD during the COVID-19 pandemic? Follow these blogs by research experts:

  • Irene Tuffrey-Wijne, Professor of Intellectual Disability and Palliative Care at Kingston University & St George’s, University of London, UK. Irene’s blog discusses topics like coping with illness, bereavement and dying, topics we all grapple with during a pandemic. Irene has a wonderful way of including people with IDD in these discussions and learning from their perspectives. Follow Irene on social media @TuffreyWijne
  • Chris Hatton, Professor and Co-Director at the Public Health England Learning Disabilities Observatory and an academic at Lancaster University. Chris writes about the health inequities faced by people with learning disabilities during the pandemic, and how to tackle these inequities. He has written extensively in his blog about the importance of monitoring health data for people with IDD. Follow Chris on social media @chrishattoncedr
  • Yona Lunsky, Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, and Director of the Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Canada. Yona is a leader in mental health and intellectual and developmental disabilities and writes about the importance of working together with caregivers and people with IDD during the pandemic. Follow Yona on social media @yonalunsky


We teamed up with researchers from the International Association for Scientific Studies in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD) Health, Challenging Behaviour and Mental Health, Ethics and IDD Special Interest Research Groups (SIRGs) and Continuing Professional Development, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto to discuss what we are learning about COVID-19 and adults with IDD, and the practical implications for their health care now and moving forward. This series brought together front-line clinicians caring for people with IDD and researchers from a range of disciplines and medical specialties.

Watch the webinar series at: