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Fear, Isolation, and Invisibility during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Qualitative Study of Adults with Physical Disabilities in Marginalized Communities in Southeastern Michigan in the United States

This study published in the journal Disabilities examines the initial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on adults with physical disabilities from marginalized communities in southeastern Michigan, one of the early pandemic epicenters in the United States. The study used semi-structured, qualitative interviews with 15 adults with moderate-to-severe disabilities. Three overarching themes emerged: fear, feelings of isolation, and a sense of being invisible. The article is available free in full text.


How did the COVID-19 pandemic affect the provision of transition services in centers for independent living?

This research brief describes the result of a survey of Centers for Independent Living to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted their ability to provide services to people transitioning from an institutional setting to living in the community. 


A Double Jeopardy: COVID-19 impacts on the travel behavior and community living of people with disabilities

This journal article describes a study to assess the impact of COVID-19 on travel behavior and community living for people with disabilities compared to their peers without disabilities.


Organizational partnerships may improve access to independent living services for people with disabilities

A study funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).


Staying Healthy Portfolio in My Life

Cognitopia added a collection of COVID-19 resources to the Staying Healthy portfolio in My Life. It’s designed to provide cognitively accessible information related to the coronavirus, including reliable links, instructional videos, personal care routines, and collected other info to help folks get through a difficult time. Cognitopia’s MyLife tool can be used remotely by a student and their support team as they transition from school to college or work.

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