In the midst of the pandemic
The Wheaton College Center for Faith and Disability acknowledges that the COVID pandemic has disproportionately affected people with disabilities and their families. The health disparities for those with disabilities are clear, since contracting the virus is more likely to lead to severe health complications among those with disabilities or immunocompromising conditions.
In addition, families impacted by disability have increased isolation, depression, and anxiety as support structures such as schools and churches have had to transition online or close their doors altogether. Caregiving arrangements for people with disabilities have been strained by public health restrictions, group homes have grappled with arresting the spread among their residents, and many individual education plans for students remain unfulfilled in virtual and hybrid school formats.
Covid specific resources
An inclusion innovator, All Belong is dedicated to faithfully building belonging for persons of all abilities. They have general resources for everyone as well as resources specific for schools and churches.
Visit the All Belong website
NCLD (National Center for Learning Disabilities)
The NCLD is a leading research and advocacy organization dedicated to improving outcomes for the 20% (1 in 5) students who think and learn differently. They have resources for parents, educators, and students.
Visit the NCLD website
Vanderbilt Kennedy Center
The VKC's Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) has resources for educators, service providers, families, and caregivers.
Visit the VKC website