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Activities You Can Do at Home

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resource List

Are you looking for suggestions of activities you can do at home? Many organizations - including the Adult Down Syndrome Center - have compiled lists of ideas. Please see the links below!  Adult Down Syndrome Center 21 Healthy Ways to Celebrate WDSD (they apply all year long!) -  l

An International Survey on the Impact of COVID-19 in Individuals with Down Syndrome

Author: Huls et al. - medRxiv (2020)

Abstract Background:  Health conditions and immune dysfunction associated with trisomy 21 (Down syndrome, DS) may impact the clinical course of COVID-19 once infected by SARS-CoV-2. Methods:  The T21RS COVID-19 Initiative launched an international survey for clinicians or caregiver

Celebrating Holidays During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resource

We have received several questions about how to celebrate holidays safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Like many of our answers, there isn't a one-size-fits-all solution. Many factors need to be considered when deciding how and with whom to celebrate. While the holidays will certainly look

Clinical Characteristics of Individuals with Down Syndrome Deceased with COVID-19 in Italy - A Case Series

Author: Villani et al. - American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A (2020)

Abstract Background:  Persons with Down syndrome (DS) are presumed to be at high risk of severe CoVID-19 due to immune dysregulation and often compromised cardiopulmonary function. Aim of the present study is to assess epidemiological and clinical characteristics of individuals with DS dece

Coronavirus: What Is It and What Can I Do?

Author: The Arc Maryland and Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council

This document describes coronavirus (COVID-19) and steps we can take to keep ourselves and others safe.

COVID and Down Syndrome Webinar

Author: Dr. Brian Chicoine and Dr. Andre Strydom - Matthew Foundation Webinar

On January 8, 2021, Drs. Brian Chicoine and Andre Strydom presented a webinar hosted by the Matthew Foundation in collaboration with the Stanford Down Syndrome Research Center. They provided an update on the Trisomy 21 Research Society COVID and Down Syndrome Survey and discussed the DSMIG-USA Vacci

COVID-19 Information By and For People with Disabilities [English]

Author: Green Mountain Self-Advocates

This handout uses plain language to describe COVID-19, how it spreads, how to avoid getting it, and what to do if we get it.

COVID-19 Mortality Risk in Down Syndrome: Results from a Cohort Study of 8 Million Adults

Author: Clift et al. - Annals of Internal Medicine (2020)

The article linked below describes the findings of a study that evaluated Down syndrome as a risk factor for death from COVID-19 through an analysis of individual-level data in a cohort study of 8.26 million adults. It was published at annals.org on October 21, 2020. Full-text (no cost):  h

COVID-19 Resources

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resource List

Many organizations are compiling COVID-19 resource lists. We have included links to some of them below.  The amount of information about COVID-19 can be overwhelming and can cause anxiety and stress. Our mental health is just as important as our physical health during this time. We recommen

COVID-19 Testing Sites

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resource List

*Please note: This article discusses viral testing used to diagnose if an individual currently has COVID-19. This article does not discuss antibody testing used to determine if an individual was exposed to COVID-19 previously and developed some level of immunity to COVID-19 .  We have recei

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resource List

On December 11, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) that allows the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to be distributed in the United States. Information about the vaccine and its distribution continues to be released. We have provided links to reso

Dental Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resource

The information below was shared on August 25, 2020. For the most up-to-date information, please see the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at this link   and/or the Mouth Healthy website of the American Dental Association at this link . Dental disease, especial

DSMIG-USA IDD COVID-19 Vaccination Position Statement

Author: Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group - USA - DSMIG-USA

On December 16, 2020, the Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group - USA issued a position statement on the COVID-19 vaccine. The position statement was updated on January 5, 2021.    DSMIG-USA recommends the COVID-19 vaccine for individuals with Down syndrome or other intellectual dis

Going to Public Places During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD - Medical Director, Adult Down Syndrome Center

Many states and communities have lifted stay-at-home restrictions. We have received questions about whether it is safe to resume certain activities such as going to restaurants, getting haircuts, traveling, and more. Unfortunately, there is no "one-size-fits-all" answer. It depends

Healthy Aging Toolkit: Promoting Healthy Aging While You Are Stuck at Home

Author: Mary Stephens, MD & E. Adel Herge, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA

This list of resources for promoting healthy aging while you are stuck at home was developed by Mary Stephens, MD and E. Adel Herge, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA.

Helping an Individual with Down Syndrome Tolerate COVID-19 Testing

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resource List

*Please note: this article discusses viral testing used to diagnose if an individual currently has COVID-19. This article does not discuss antibody testing used to determine if an individual was exposed to COVID-19 previously and developed some level of immunity to COVID-19.  A common metho

Hospital Visitor Policies During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resource List

UPDATED JUNE 2020 : On June 9, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it had reached a resolution on the first federal complaints regarding "no visitor" policies at hospitals, outpatient clinics, and outpatient sur

How to Wash Your Hands Video

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Video

In this video below, Jeff demonstrates how we should wash our hands. As Jeff explains, handwashing is an important thing we can do to keep ourselves healthy! A corresponding visual handout can be found at this link .

How to Wash Your Hands Visual

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

This visual handout corresponds to our video on how to wash your hands. It shows the steps for handwashing.

Informacion de COVID-19 Por y Para Personas con Discapacidades (COVID-19 Information By and For People with Disabilities [Spanish])

Author: Green Mountain Self-Advocates

Informacion de COVID-19 Por y Para Personas con Discapacidades. This handout uses plain language to describe COVID-19, how it spreads, how to avoid getting it, and what to do if we get it.

Information Forms to Share with Hospitals and Clinics

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resources

Visiting a hospital or clinic can be a stressful or frightening experience for some individuals with Down syndrome. The stress and fear can be increased if the healthcare providers are unfamiliar with the individual and their health history and/or a family member or caregiver is unable to b

Let's Talk about the Coronavirus [COVID-19]

Author: Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) - University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University (UM-NSU)

The video below uses a drawn whiteboard technique to tell a social narrative about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). It was developed by the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UM-NSU CARD). 

Non-Discrimination in Medical Treatment for COVID-19

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resource List

Reports of potential discrimination in medical treatment for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities have caused fear, anxiety, and anger within the Down syndrome community. Departments of the federal government and some state governments have responded by issuing bulletins and

Q&A on COVID-19 and Down Syndrome

Author: National Consortium - DSMIG-USA, Global, LuMind-IDSC, NDSC, NDSS, NTG

On March 26, 2020, a Q&A on COVID-19 and Down syndrome was completed by a consortium of national Down syndrome organizations: the Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group-USA (DSMIG-USA), Global Down Syndrome Foundation (Global), LuMind IDSC Foundation (LuMind IDSC), National Down Syndrome Congr

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