Supporting health care for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities during COVID-19
The Developmental Disabilities Primary Care Program promotes preventive primary care and access to health care for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), including autism spectrum disorder. While the COVID-19 pandemic threatens all members of our society, adults with IDD are disproportionately impacted due to attitudinal, environmental and institutional barriers. Many have chronic health conditions that make them more susceptible to contracting the virus or experiencing more severe symptoms upon infection. Those living in institutions are particularly vulnerable. Persons with disabilities experience greater barriers to accessing health services and information.
In this section you find curated resources and newly developed tools that support health care providers and caregivers advocating and caring for adults with IDD during the COVID-19 pandemic. Resources include:
- Preventive care guidance for caregivers
- Tools for person-centred approach to hospital care
- Mental health supports
- COVID-19 advance care planning
All tools are developed with input from family physicians, nurses, IDD experts and caregivers. These resources are updated regularly based on newly available information. Check back often for the latest updates. We are continuously improving our resources to meet your needs. Leave us your comments via the feedback buttons or by email at email@example.com.
We encourage adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to continue to seek medical help from their family doctor with questions about COVID-19 and with non-COVID related health issues. Use tools like About My Health and My Health Care Visit to prepare as usual. Share the video “A Virtual Doctor’s Visit” by Health Care Access Research and Developmental Disabilities CAMH, Toronto) with staff and caregivers.