Research

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

23/08/2021

Description

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.

Methodology:

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.

Conclusions:

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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