Accompanying Your Loved one with an Intellectual or Developmental Disability (IDD) at the Hospital During the COVID-19 Crisis

For many families, their loved ones with I/DD need assistance to communicate their needs in healthcare situations. Some need help to feel comfortable in medical environments. During the COVID-19 pandemic, most hospitals do not permit companions inside hospitals with patients. This resource provides important information that supports families in this situation.

On April 3, 2020, several advocacy organizations, including The Arc U.S., issued a document titled,
Applying the U.S. HHS’s Guidance for States and Health Care Providers On Avoiding Disability-Based
Discrimination In Treatment Rationing. Based on March 28, 2020, U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services BULLETIN: Civil Rights, HIPAA, and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
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