By Disability Scoop
As the delta surge renews concerns about COVID-19 across much of the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is taking steps to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities understand and protect themselves against the virus.
The agency is introducing a series of resources specifically aimed at this population.
The new offerings include a toolkit with social stories, videos, posters and interactive activities. The materials address five topics — getting a COVID-19 vaccine, wearing a mask, social distancing, hand washing and getting a COVID-19 test.
In addition, the CDC has released a tip sheet for caregivers to help them ease worries about COVID-19 and one for health care providers to guide discussions about the virus with patients who have disabilities.
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The Department of Developmental Services recently added a Wellness Toolkit on its website focused on providing information and tools related to health and safety for self-advocates, direct support professionals, and vendors or providers. Click Here for more info: https://www.dds.ca.gov/consumers/wellness-toolkit/