People with developmental disabilities overlooked in COVID pandemic, researchers say

A year into the coronavirus pandemic, researchers fear that the risk to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities may have been overlooked.

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MARGARET TURK: People don't think disability when they think diversity.

SCOTT LANDES: And those values have been even more exposed during the pandemic as we've made decisions about who we collect data on, what we report, who we emphasize, who gets prioritization. So I think, at a kind of philosophical, underlying level, it's because that we have failed to value this group.

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MARGARET TURK: So we looked at these conditions because it seemed that there should be some similar, if not more higher risk, for this population. And indeed, that's what we found.

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Health professions' education probably needs someone or some group to look over that, just as they are for many of the other diversity-related issues that seem to have been uncovered by the pandemic.

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