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Last Updated:
March 31, 2020

The American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) thanks those in the medical professions who are on the front-lines of the battle against COVID-19.

The AACPDM membership is proud that our membership is multidisciplinary, and each of these disciplines' professional organizations have created specialty specific content and recommendations for its members. We encourage you to also refer to your specialty societies for resources.

For details on the recent World Health Organization’s publication “Disability considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak” please click here.


In March 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of a novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, to be a pandemic, due to the speed and scale of transmission.

WHO and public health authorities around the world are taking action to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. Certain populations, such as those with disability, may be impacted more significantly by COVID-19. This impact can be mitigated if simple actions and protective measures are taken by key stakeholders.

Examples of topics addressed in the report include:

-Why are additional considerations needed for people with disability during the COVID-19 outbreak? – Page 2
-Actions for people with disability and their household – Page 3
-Actions for governments – Page 5
-Actions for health-care workers – Page 7
-Actions for disability service providers – Page 8
-Actions for the community – Page 10