Research Study
Health for Adults with Developmental Disabilities during COVID-19: A Virtual Course

Are you interested in helping us evaluate a virtual course on health and COVID-19? CAMH is offering a 6-week ECHO as part of a research study on the health of Canadian adults with developmental disabilities and COVID-19, Addressing unmet and emerging health needs of Canadian adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families during COVID-19Click here to learn more about ECHO

Looking to recruit service providers from across Canada working with adults with or suspected of having an intellectual or developmental disability (IDD) to evaluate the impact of offering a virtual education program for adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Accreditation is available.

Course Dates:

  • Cycle 1: Every Friday, from April 22-May 27, 10-11:30am EDT, or
  • Cycle 2: Every Friday, from June 10-July 15, 12:00-1:30pm EDT

What does participation involve?  If you choose to participate, you would:

  • Attend an optional 30-45 minute orientation session before the start of the course;
  • Attend an interactive weekly online course for 6 weeks; 
  • Complete three online questionnaires that take about 25-35 minutes each (before the course, at the end of the course, and 8 weeks after the course is over); 
  • Complete a 5-minutes weekly satisfaction survey after each session;
  • Participate in an optional focus group to discuss your experience after the course is over;
  • Receive an e-gift card for participating at the end of the study.

What are the topics covered? 

Over the six-week course, medical and mental health experts specializing in the care of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities will discuss ways to keep adults with IDD healthy in this phase of the pandemic. Topics include:

  • Keeping it all together: Multiple health conditions, health care communication when working with multiple providers
  • Building healthy lives: Developing healthy routines, keeping them, and adapting them
  • Finding the Balance: Balancing our health needs with our work

There is no cost to participate in this research. Participation is completely voluntary and will not affect any present or future services provided by CAMH. Any information collected for this study will be confidential.

To participate, please complete the Expression of Interest Form here: https://edc.camhx.ca/redcap/surveys/?s=M3D7WREX3THMLDFY 

For more information or support, please contact the CAMH research staff by email hcardd@camh.ca or by phone 437-328-6761.