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Capitol Correspondence - 03.08.22

CDC Updates List of Those with Increased Risk from COVID-19 to Include People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated its list of conditions that put people at increased risk from COVID-19. The CDC had previously included people with disabilities on the list based on factors including “underlying medical conditions, living in congregate settings, or systemic health and social inequities,” but it had failed to include people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The latest update now includes people with I/DD under the category of disabilities and defines the group as including people with ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, hearing loss, intellectual disability, learning disability, vision impairment, and other developmental delays.