Impact of COVID-19: Considerations for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities Across Major Life Domains


Date: Friday, October 22, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Presenters: Lauren Avellone, PhD, BCBA, LBA, is an Assistant Professor and Research Associate at the Virginia Commonwealth University’s Rehabilitation Research and Training Center. Hannah Seward, MS, is a Research Associate at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Rehabilitation Research and Training Center.

Learning Objectives: Individuals with developmental disabilities (DD) are at a heightened risk of contracting a pandemic related illness and are more likely to experience inequitable services in a variety of life domains during a pandemic compared to individuals without disabilities. The quality and continuity of services utilized by individuals with DD to be successful in education, employment, health and safety, and independent living are likely to be disrupted during a pandemic, which can cause negative short-and long-term consequences in important areas of life. This presentation will discuss some of the factors contributing to disparities in equitable services and present support strategies that can be used by different stakeholders to address this concern.

Location: Livestream online via Zoom

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