Early studies have shown that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have a higher likelihood of dying from the virus than those without disabilities, likely because of a higher prevalence of preexisting conditions. And because data drives access to scarce covid vaccines, those with disabilities could be at a disadvantage for getting prioritized for the shots to keep them safe. New York is one of the few that did specifically include certified-group facilities, and this month opened access to all people with intellectual or developmental disabilities. “New York state has the actual data to help show the horrors of covid,” said Dr. Vincent Siasoco, a primary care physician in New York City who focuses on patients with developmental disabilities. In Florida, the state’s covid vaccine plan included group living settings for those with disabilities in its early vaccine rollout to long-term care facilities.
At Wellness Axis we want to encourage habits of wellness, Increase awareness of factors and resources contributing to well-being, Inspire and empower individuals to take responsibility for their own health, and to support a sense of community. Wellness can be thought of as the quality or state of being in good health.