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Disabled individuals, many at high risk for COVID-19, also face additional challenges while social distancing

When Kim Downes first explained to her daughter Haley that many people were getting sick and dying due to a virus, Haley asked, “Can we send them flowers?” As a 28-year-old with multiple disabilities, Haley interprets the pandemic’s severity through disruptions to her routine, like missing her beloved Special Olympics activities and not attending church […]

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Mayor’s Youth Empowerment Program celebrates 50th anniversary

It’s a quiet morning in the Mayor’s Youth Empowerment Program’s (MYEP) main building. Just a few staff members and service recipients were doing crafts and chatting in the colorful communal areas. That’s because most members of the Adult Day Program — which serves over 60 individuals with intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities — were out exploring the Iowa River Landing. […]

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