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AccessAbility Week

AccessAbility week - Reflections on access and what it means By Dr. Yona Lunsky Part 1: Accessing Vaccines | May 31, 2021 Today’s blog is about Accessing Vaccines. “Leaving no one” behind means making sure that no one with a developmental disability or any other kind of disability is left behind in the vaccine rollout. How are we doing in that regard? If we believe that people at...
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Isaiah's Vaccine Story

Why did I want the vaccine? Isaiah went to get the COVID-19 vaccine with Clovis (Dad) and Sherron (Mom). They all wanted the vaccine to stay safe and help protect others. The three had been looking for a chance to get the vaccine, but struggling to find a location that was able to support Isaiah who has special needs, but also able to vaccinate all three of them at the same time. What...
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Erica's Vaccine Story

  Why did I want the vaccine? I got the vaccine because I am a person with a developmental disability and mental illnesses and I am also a health care worker that works with seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia. I need to make sure to keep myself safe and them safe. We live in a world where people like myself and with other medical issues need help and need to keep...
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Lou and Talia's Vaccine Stories

Talia's Vaccine Story Why did I want the vaccine? Talia was offered the vaccine because she has a developmental disability. Her father booked Talia’s appointment online at a large university vaccination site. Talia wanted to get the vaccine because she did not want to get COVID. Talia was anxious and afraid. Talia is afraid of needles and waiting in long lines does not make her...
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The Experiences of Siblings of People with IDD during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Download this Report The Experiences of Siblings of People with IDD during the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Update Brianne Redquest, Ami Tint, Helen Ries, & Yona Lunsky This past year has had an enormous impact on people with intellectual/developmental disabilities (IDD), as well as their families. What many don’t realize is that this is not only a concern for...
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