By Michael Rock:
The following are just a few of the latest stories related to developmental and intellectual disabilities.
In Colorado, many service providers are adapting their operational models to reflect the COVID-19 pandemic. One such provider began to create holistic plans for each of its consumers to better reflect their individual needs during this trying time and Zoom as a means of socialization.
At Minnesota’s Bethel University, two students have developed RecruitABLE, a specialized job board similar to LinkedIn. Instead of emphasizing resumes, it allows users to post more interactive content, such as videos and photos, to help employers see their strengths and personalities outside of the more traditional interview, which is difficult for many.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced that all staff members of disability services providers will be tested every two weeks for COVID as part of an effort to curb the spread of the virus in care facilities.
Meanwhile, 17 year-old Adrian Allred of Fairfax County, Virginia, a Boy Scout with autism, developed a kit that helps first responders comfort those with anxiety and/or autism under their care as part of a project to become an Eagle Scout.
Michael Rock is a New York City-based reporter and self-advocate with autism. A graduate of Brandeis University, his work has appeared in Kings County Politics, Chelsea Now, Our Town, Queens County Politics, and WhoWhatWhy.