Archive March 2021

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People with disabilities bumped on vaccination list

Policymakers are not prioritizing Americans with disabilities for COVID-19 vaccinations, with several states bumping them down their eligibility lists, advocates say.

COVID-19 Vaccine Access for People with Disabilities

he COVID-19 pandemic has taken a heavy toll on people in nursing homes, with those in long-term care facilities accounting for a disproportionate share of all deaths attributable to COVID-19 to date. However, less attention has been paid to nonelderly people with disabilities who use long-term services and supports (LTSS) but live outside of nursing homes. 

Autistic youth finally gets his turn

Before the pandemic, 16-year-old Joshua Espinoza was able to visit his family every weekend. But for the last year, time with his mother, father and brother has been limited to quick sessions at his group home to reduce the chances of coronavirus infection.

Fitness picture books help youth with autism to exercise more frequently

While physical activity is important for everyone, research has shown people with developmental disabilities do not exercise as often as their typically developed peers.

In an effort to close this disparity, a researcher at the University of Missouri recently created fitness picture books that help youth with autism exercise more frequently while offering low-income families a simple resource for workout motivation when outdoor fitness equipment might not be accessible.  Read more here

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CDC Urged To Prioritize COVID-19 Vaccines For People With Developmental Disabilities

With access to COVID-19 vaccines varying dramatically for people with developmental disabilities, advocates want the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to update its prioritization plan to account for the high risk this population faces.

In a letter to CDC leadership late last month, 16 advocacy groups called for people with developmental disabilities who are living independently in the community or with family to be added to group 1B in the CDC’s recommendations for the vaccine rollout. Read more here