New Resource for Young Adults with Disabilities to Prepare for an Emergency

Young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) and their parents and/or support persons have unique needs during disasters and emergencies which require additional planning. Many look to their primary care teams to assist them in this planning and during such stressful times.

The National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health, with support from the WITH Foundation, has developed the Emergency Preparedness Toolkit for Young Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and their Primary Care Team. The toolkit includes two tip sheets to assist primary care teams and their young adult patients with ID/DD to plan for disasters and emergencies.

  • The first tip sheet is for primary care teams to use in assisting young adults with ID/DD and their parents and/or support persons to develop a disaster emergency care plan.
  • The second tip sheet is written for young adults with ID/DD and their parents and/or support persons. It contains questions for them to consider as they are creating their personalized disaster emergency care plan.

The full toolkit is available in both English and Spanish and can be downloaded.

For more information about the toolkit, please contact Daniel Beck at DBeck@TheNationalAlliance.org.