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Visual Recipes

Author: Anna Moyer - Accessible Chef

The website linked below provides visual recipes and other resources to help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities cook basic meals and snacks. In addition to offering a collection of recipes, there is a Recipe Creator that can be used to create your own visual recipes.&nb

Visual Supports

Author: Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L - Occupational Therapist, Adult Down Syndrome Center

When I was trying to figure out how I was going to share information about visual supports, I came across someone who used the following poem (author unknown) to describe what it feels like when visual supports are utilized. I think this may help us understand what individuals with Down syndrome may

Visuals and Videos About COVID-19

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resource List

Several organizations have created helpful resources about COVID-19. We have provided links to some of them below.  VISUALS / PLAIN LANGUAGE RESOURCES Basic COVID-19 Information By and For People with Disabilities  (Green Mountain Self-Advocates) Coronavirus: What Is It and What Ca

Visuals and Videos About the COVID-19 Vaccine

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resource List

Several organizations have created helpful resources about COVID-19 vaccines. We have provided links to some of them below.  VISUALS / PLAIN LANGUAGE RESOURCES Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine  (Autism and Intellectual Disabilities in Pennsylvania) After Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine &a

Visuals and Videos About Wearing Masks During COVID-19

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resource List

Several organizations have created helpful resources about wearing masks during COVID-19. We have provided links to some of them below.  VISUALS / STORIES / PLAIN LANGUAGE RESOURCES Wearing a Mask Social Story  (Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative)&

Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Author: Brian Chicoine, MD - Adult Down Syndrome Center

Vitamin B12 deficiency is an issue that we often check for in individuals who receive medical care at the Adult Down Syndrome Center. We usually get enough vitamin B12 from the foods we eat. Vitamin B12 is found in foods such as beef, poultry, fish, eggs, and milk. However, some people do not get en

Warning Signs a Person with Down Syndrome is Getting Overheated

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

Exercise is important for people with Down syndrome just as it is for all people. For all people, care must be taken to avoid overdoing it with exercise. Excessive sweating can be a sign to ease back, get a good drink of water, and cool down.    However, some people with Down syndr

Ways to Be Active

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

This handout shows ways to incorporate physical activity and exercise into our daily lives.

Ways to Get Good Sleep

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

This visual shares things you can do to promote good sleep habits.

Ways to Sleep Better

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

This visual provides tips about how to sleep better.

Wearing Face Masks During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resource List

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends wearing masks in public settings, such as grocery stores and pharmacies, and when around people who do not live in your household.  The CDC provides guidance in the Masks section on their website.  A number of resource

Weight Management in Adults with Down Syndrome

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

Weight management can be challenging. It is likely that part of the reason is that there are factors for which our understanding is limited. While a great deal has been learned, more research is being done to improve our understanding and to learn how that knowledge can be used for improved weight m

What I Can Share on Social Media

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

This handout provides guidance on what type of messages, photos, and videos to share safely on social media.

What is Death?

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

This handout talks about death. It describes what it is and how it might make us feel.

What is Occupational Therapy?

Author: Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L - Occupational Therapist, Adult Down Syndrome Center

Occupational therapy is a health profession concerned with how people function and perform meaningful activities in their respective roles. "Occupation" is any activity in which one engages throughout the day. Occupational therapists (OTs) can help a person perform expected, needed

What to Drink Instead of Pop/Soda

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center

This visual suggests alternatives to pop/soda.

When can I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

Author: Adult Down Syndrome Center - COVID-19

Updated:  4/15/2021 Advocate Aurora Health is now vaccinating anyone in Illinois and Wisconsin who is 16 and older - whether you are a patient or not - with the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. You can schedule in LiveWell, online, or by calling 866-443-2584. Please see this link for more infor

Work and Activity Considerations for People with Down Syndrome [COVID-19]

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

UPDATED JULY 2020: Additional information related to this topic can be found in our resource " Returning to School or Work in Fall 2020 ." UPDATED JUNE 2020: Additional information related to this topic can be found in our resource " Going to Public Places During

Work Recommendations for People with Down Syndrome [COVID-19]

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

UPDATED JULY 2020: Additional information related to this topic can be found in our resource " Returning to School or Work in Fall 2020 ." UPDATED JUNE 2020: Additional information related to this topic can be found in our resource " Going to Public Places During

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