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Citizenship and Humanisation of the Public Sector

Impact of Covid-19 on Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Caregivers

  • Start project: May 2020
  • Status: ongoing

A large international study is examining the impact of the Covid-19 virus on individuals with an intellectual disability and on those who care for them (care professionals and relatives). The survey is a collaborative effort by 26 researchers in 19 different countries across the globe.

Description

The researchers will map out which measures people with a disability and their caregivers are confronted with, whether people with a disability have access to care, whether there are enough resources available to provide care safely, and how the social distancing measures impact both people with a disability and their caregivers. In short, the goal is to show how Covid 19 is affecting people with a disability and their caregivers, and to make international comparisons.


De studie is een samenwerking tussen 26 onderzoekers uit 19 verschillende landen wereldwijd. Zij zijn lid van de International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD). Het initiatief is genomen door UDC Centre for Disability Studies in Ierland.

Researcher

  • Chief researcher: Associate Professor Christine Linehan (UCD Centre for Disability Studies)
  • Dr. Femmianne Bredewold (University of Humanistic Studies), Prof. Christine Bigby, Prof. Thilo Kroll, Prof. Malcolm MacLachlan, Prof. Julie Beadle Brown, Gail Birkbeck, Valerie Bradley, Dr. Masauso Chirwa, Dr Šárka Kanova, Prof. Sudesh Mukhopadhyay, Dr. Niki Nearchou, Dr. Flavia Santos, Associate Prof. Jan Šiška, Prof. Jan Tossebro.

Partners

UDC Centre for Disability Studies Ireland

(Co-)financing

Health Research Board, Ireland [COV19-2020-028]

Also see

Article describing the set-up of the study:  COVID-19 IDD: A global survey exploring the impact of COVID-19 on individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their caregivers


First findings: COVID-19 IDD: Findings from a global survey exploring family members’ and paid staff’s perceptions of the impact of COVID-19 on individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their caregivers.


Press release: Internationaal onderzoek naar impact Coronamaatregelen op mensen met verstandelijke beperking (in Dutch)

Contact

Dr. Femmianne Bredewold, f.bredewold@uvh.nl 

A large international study is examining the impact of the Covid-19 virus on individuals with an intellectual disability and on those who care for them (care professionals and relatives).