Families of Children with Disabilities Will Need Support Beyond the Pandemic
This issue brief shares findings from the Rapid Assessment of Pandemic Impact on Development, finding that parents of young children with disabilities are experiencing higher rates of stress, anxiety, and depression as a result of loss of services in a virtual environment. It outlines state policies that could be considered to provide families with supports to reduce parental stress. Suggestions include getting services to families including home visiting, telehealth, and community-based health centers. In addition, it suggests alleviating uncertainty about policies and strategies like Electronic Benefit Transfers given that 29 percent of families with children with disabilities reported major financial problems compared to 19 percent of other families. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.