Programs & Resources

COVID-19 and Down syndrome

Misinformation about COVID-19 is reaching infodemic levels, perhaps even more so for people wanting to know how it may affect individuals with Down syndrome. The unprecedented spread of COVID-19 presents the world with a unique challenge and calls for a united response to better understand its impact on the Down syndrome community.

IMPORTANT NEWS! NDSC has joined forces with other nationals to create a valuable, free COVID-19 & Down Syndrome Resource for individuals with #downsyndrome and their families. This Resource focuses on new and updated information specific to testing, vaccines, mental health, ways to stay safe, and advocacy in hospital settings and for appropriate care. (released 5/12/2021).  You can also find the Spanish version here.


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In December 2020, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) added those with Down syndrome to the list of “People with Certain Medical Conditions” at increased risk of severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19. A recent Science Magazine report suggests that people with Down syndrome are five times more likely to be hospitalized with severe illness and ten times more likely to die from complications from COVID-19.

We’ve heard from many people with questions about the COVID-19 vaccines, whether it is recommended for individuals with Down syndrome, and how it will help.  With the help of medical professionals, we’ve garnered answers to your frequently asked questions (released 01/25/2021).  You can also find the Spanish version here.


In addition, we’ve created a plain language infographic to help explain the vaccines, how they work, and more important information (released 2/6/2021).  You can also find the Spanish version here.


We’re proud to work with other Down syndrome organizations to provide useful information surrounding COVID-19. We hope you find this Q&A an important resource for individuals with Down syndrome and their families, and we will continue to update these documents (revised 07/30/20). Downloading or printing for individual use is permitted, but posting the document on another website is prohibited.  You are welcome to link to the documents here from your site.  You can also find the Spanish versions here.

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We know that everyone’s routine is turned upside-down and you might need help finding materials or advice.  Whether you are a parent who is now wearing the hat of a teacher, an aspiring advocate who wants to help make change, or perhaps looking for fun free or low-cost & entertaining activities for the whole family, you’ve come to the right place!

The NDSC has gathered and vetted many sources and resources to help our families, and the professionals who serve them, as we all work to flatten the curve.  Knowledge about the virus is developing and changing continuously and we strive to keep bringing you accurate and up-to-date information, so check back often.