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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Stuck in the Middle

Community-Based Disability Service Providers Face Impossible Choices Amid Reopening

In recent weeks, news coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic has been laser-focused on school reopening, and administrators at both the K-12 and postsecondary levels face impossible choices. Should schools fully reopen and risk further transmission of the virus? Remain closed and risk further harm to students’ education? Something in between?

Just as schools grapple with these questions, so too are community-based providers of disability services confronted with their own impossible choices. In residential programs, where people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) are supported in their homes, should people have unfettered access to the community? Should friends and family be permitted to visit them? What about day programs, which support people to work, volunteer and otherwise be engaged in the community? When and how should they reopen?

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