The impact of COVID-19 on health, well-being, and access to services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities



New paper with the MICARE seal!

MICARE research associates Marcela Tenorio and Paulina Arango are co-authors of this study that explores mental health problems and access to services in people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) during the COVID-19 pandemic. This study was published with Camila Sabat, Margaret Rosencrans, Andrew Buck, Christine Brown, and Andrea Witwer.


An online pandemic experience survey was administered to adults with IDD and their caregivers in the United States and Chile.

Main findings:

Half of the sample in Chile and 41% of the sample in the United States reported an increase in mental health problems. Approximately 15% of the U.S. sample reported that they no longer received state IDD services.


Health systems and disability-specific institutions should consider strategies to tailor supports for people with IDD to improve functioning and access to mental health.

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