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Vaccines: Our Work is Not Done

Vaccines and Developmental Disabilities: Our Work is Not Done By Yona Lunsky I have the privilege of working with some outstanding people with developmental disabilities, family caregivers, clinicians, and scientists on a project where we co-design and co-teach virtual courses to support the developmental disability community from across Canada through this next stage of the...
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The Omicron Variant: Five More Things

The Omicron Variant: Five More Things to Keep in Mind In late December, I wrote a blog and an easy read version about five things we can do over the holidays to help us stay safe during Omicron. But in speaking with people with disabilities and families, and just reflecting on my own experience, I realize that, while those things are important, they are not enough. So here are five...
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The Omicron Variant is Here

The Omicron Variant is here: How to Stay Safe over the Holidays By Yona Lunsky Many people are feeling very scared, confused and worried right now. We are getting ready for the holidays but there is new COVID-19 variant in town. What do we do with all the anxiety and fear we are feeling right now? First, make space for the anxiety. We cannot ignore how we are feeling. ...
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Booster Vaccine Shots: What Have We Learned?

Booster Vaccine Shots: What Have We Learned? by Yona Lunsky When I sit down to write about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in Canada’s vaccine booster shot rollout, I feel a certain déjà vu.  In January and March of 2021, we called on Canadian Federal and Provincial governments to prioritize people with developmental disabilities for COVID-19...
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The Side-effects of Bad News

The Side-effects of Bad News By Dr. Yona Lunsky Since the start of the pandemic, there has been plenty of talk about the “infodemic”, i.e. too much information including false or misleading information, and how it impacts all of our mental health. October 10 th was World Mental Health Day and I spent some time thinking about how the stories we craft about COVID-19, even the research...
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