CDC Issues COVID-19 Resources for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday issued a COVID-19 toolkit with communication resources to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their caregivers protect themselves against the SARS-CoV-2 virus. CDC hosted multiple discussions with adults with IDD and their caregivers in forming the guidance.

The toolkit contains social stories, videos, posters, and interactive activities that focus on the following five topics:

  • Receiving a COVID-19 vaccine
  • Wearing a mask
  • Physical distancing
  • Hand washing
  • Receiving a COVID-19 test

A tip sheet is also available to caregivers offering suggestions for easing loved one’s worries about the COVID-19 virus. The CDC additionally developed videos and web resources in American Sign Language (ASL) providing important COVID-19 information and safety tips.

The full suite of CDC IDD resources is available here.