Today’s guest blogger is Susan Danberg, OD, FCOVD. Dr. Danberg is a COVD Fellow, the Former Global Clinical Advisor for the Special Olympics Health Program, and is currently the Vice President of Finance for the American Academy of Developmental Medicine & Dentistry (AADMD).

In this time of COVID-19 we are all concerned for our families, friends and patients.  And many of those patients have Intellectual and Development Disabilities (IDD).  Both COVD and AADMD have shared goals to educate colleagues and to provide the highest standard of care to enhance our patients’ ability to learn and to be productive members of society. Together we are asking you to sign AADMD’s petitions.

The AADMD is immediately concerned that IDD patients with COVID-19 may face difficulties when admitted to hospitals that enforce “no visitors” policies, or deny family members and caregivers from giving in-hospital support. Learn more about AADMD’s efforts to help IDD patients regarding hospital visitation rights and sign the Hospitals Must Allow Caregivers to Accompany Patients with Special Needs petition.

Further there is a concern that patients with IDD may not receive the same quality of care that neurotypical patients are given. Learn more about AADMD’s efforts to help IDD patients regarding equal rights to a ventilator and sign the Hospitals must not discriminate against patients with Special Needs who need a ventilator petition.

Learn more about AADMD.