The Maine Developmental Disabilities Council has been tracking the coronavirus pandemic closely, especially in its effects on people with developmental disabilities. We have gathered resources, put out recommendations and statements to policymakers, conducted several surveys to find out how this issue is impacting people on the ground, and organized a project to get technology in the hands of isolated people with DD. Below are links to our publications, reports, and other findings on this issue.
This page has links that may be helpful to you in understanding how this virus works and how to protect yourself and your family from infection
MDDC has written several letters to our state leaders raising issues that impact people with DD during this crisis.
MDDC along with ally organizations gathered responses from Mainers across the state on their experiences of the service system during the pandemic. You can read our findings here.
Our Executive Director, Nancy Cronin, penned this early in the coronavirus outbreak. Read her thoughts here.
In response to the undue isolation many people with developmental disabilities experienced as services shut down and social distancing became the norm, MDDC created a project to get iPads into the hands of people with DD, to increase their opportunities for self-advocacy, access to services, and connection to their communities. Read more about this project here.