By Sean O’Malley
CAMH recently held a special access clinic dedicated exclusively to adults of all ages with developmental disabilities, enabling 40 CAMH outpatients and their caregivers to get their first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The clinic, which CAMH hopes to hold on a regular basis, was a collaborative effort. Adult Neurodevelopment Services clinicians knew that existing hospital and community-based clinics would not be accessible for some of their clients, and Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre researchers had been studying and developing resources to support accessible vaccinations for this often forgotten group. When the provincial government included adults with developmental disabilities in the high-risk category for phase two of the vaccine rollout, CAMH put the gears in motion, initiating a plan that included proactively reaching out to Adult Neurodevelopmental Services clients and their caregivers.