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Citation:  Sheppard-Jones, K.; Avellone, L.; Rumrill, P.; & Seward, H. (2021). Impact of COVID-19: Considerations for individuals with developmental disabilities across major life domains. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 54 (1), 5-13.
Title:  Impact of COVID-19: Considerations for individuals with developmental disabilities across major life domains
Authors:  Sheppard-Jones, K.; Avellone, L.; Rumrill, P.; & Seward, H.
Year:  2021
Journal/Publication:  Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation
Publisher:  IOS Press
DOI:  https://doi.org/10.3233/JVR-201112
Full text:  https://content.iospress.com/articles/journal-of-vocational-rehabil...   
Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  Yes

Structured abstract:

Background:  The impact of COVID-19 and other health pandemics disproportionately affects individuals with developmental disabilities (DD) across a multitude of life domains including health, work, and education.
Purpose:  The purpose of this article is to review some of the factors contributing to the unique impact of pandemics on individuals with DD. Not only are individuals with DD at a heightened risk of contracting a pandemic illness but are also more likely to receive inequitable care and thus the potential to experience more fatal outcomes if contracted. Challenges in receiving equitable services in times of a global crisis are observed in business and educational settings, as well. Many individuals with DD require individualized supports to meet learning and vocational needs. If the quality and continuity of those services are disrupted, individuals with DD risk termination from jobs or slowed progress in meeting educational goals.
Conclusions:  Strategies for addressing concerns related to the impact of a pandemic on different life domains for individuals with DD are discussed.

Disabilities served:  Cognitive / intellectual impairment
Developmental disabilities
Multiple disabilities
Interventions:  Natural supports
On-the-job training and support
Online training
Vocational rehabilitation
Transition services
Outreach and orientation
Outcomes:  Employment acquisition
Full-time employment