COVID-19 IDD Community Resources and Information

Consult this page frequently to learn more about the ways in which the Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD) community is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, things you can do to advocate for IDD support during the public health threat and resources for helping your family get through what’s shaping up to be a lengthy period of social distancing / sheltering in place.

What We’re Doing

To help limit the spread of the coronavirus DSANV converted all programs and community events to virtual delivery and staff and volunteers worked remotely. Starting in the spring of 2021, staff are increasing the number of hours spent in the office and are adding limited in-person components to many of our programs and events planned this year (and next) while continuing to observe social distancing, mask wearing and temperature check requirements specified by building managers of the various sites where DSANV activities are held.

Please continue to monitor our newsletters, website and social media for information on virtual programming and limited in-person activities, as applicable.  For further information about resources from DSANV and other community partner organizations, please view our Family Resource Guide.

Coronavirus Information and Safety

1.26.2021 COVID-19 Vaccine Roll-Out Recommendations for People with Down Syndrome notice from NDSS.

DSANV is proud to support the COVID-19/Down Syndrome Q&A developed by an impressive national consortium of Down syndrome organizations. The unprecedented spread of COVID-19 is presenting the world with a unique challenge and calls for a united response to better understand its impact on the Down syndrome community. We believe this Q&A is an important resource for individuals with Down syndrome and their families. Read or download the Q&A here: https://www.globaldownsyndrome.org/global-statement-covid-19/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – is publishing information online on how to protect yourself and your family from COVID-19, how to identify symptoms, travel advisories and updates on cases in the U.S.

Johns Hopkins University – has an online Coronavirus Resource Center which includes an interactive COVID-19 map, information on social distancing, and results of evidenced based research on how to protect yourself from the virus and other information on infection control.

Virginia Department of Health – is posting information on personal and home preparedness for COVID-19, what to do if you or a family member is sick, travel advisories and is reporting on the number and location of COVID-19 cases in Virginia.