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COVID-19 May Shut Down Programs For Good

Mon,08/24/2020 - 09:48am

Disability service providers across the country are closing programs as the coronavirus pandemic wears on and many are unlikely to reopen.

In a survey of 191 organizations serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities nationally, 77 percent said they shut down or discontinued programs as a result of challenges related to COVID-19 and 16 percent of those indicated that the programs are not expected to reopen.

The data was collected in July by the American Network of Community Options and Resources, or ANCOR, a national trade group representing disability service providers. The survey is a follow-up to one conducted in April as the pandemic initially took root.