Many people with developmental disabilities are at a higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 (the coronavirus). The Iowa DD Council has put together resources through our #LookingForward campaign to help you better understand COVID-19 and the ways you can protect yourself and those in your community.
Help spread the word!
Join the conversation and share these resources on social media with the hashtag #LookingForward. Tell us what you're excited to start safely doing again! Let's help keep Iowans healthy.
We've also developed a toolkit for providers and other organizations, with shareable COVID-19 vaccine resources, video testimonials, social media content, and more.
Keep #LookingForward to a Healthier Iowa with These COVID-19 Vaccine Resources
At-Home COVID-19 Tests
COVIDtests.gov - Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order two sets of 4 at-home COVID-19 tests for free. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days.
Iowa Compass - This organization connects people with disabilities and complex health-related needs to services and supports in their communities throughout the state. If you'd like to talk to someone about the COVID-vaccine before you schedule your appointment, contact Iowa Compass.
211 Iowa - Individuals who have barriers to scheduling a vaccine or do not have internet access who are 65 and older, or 64 and younger with underlying health conditions can call 211. A vaccine navigator will help with scheduling a vaccine appointment. This service is also now available for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities, as well as their caregivers.
COVID-19 Information By and For People with Disabilities
Download an information packet below developed by and for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Here are a few things inside:
What is COVID-19?
How do you get it?
What happens if you have it?
If I am sick, when should I call a doctor?
How sick do you get?
How can I stay healthy, or not get it?
If I am sick, what should I do?
If my staff person is sick, what should I do?
What do I do if someone I live with gets sick?
COVID-19 Resources and Educational Information
- Iowa Vaccine Information
- Iowa Compass - Iowa Compass connects people with disabilities and complex health-related needs to services and supports in their communities throughout Iowa
- Special COVID Payments
All updated information can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus
Green Mountain Self-Advocates
- Preparing for Medicaid Changes When the Public Health Emergency Expires
All updated information from ACL can be found at https://acl.gov/COVID-19