The resources below have been compiled to assist DSAWM families during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Staff are currently working remotely from home and may be contacted via email, at dsawm.org/contact, or by leaving a message at 616-956-3488. We are also available via Zoom for those who wish to schedule an appointment and meet with us. We appreciate everyone’s flexibility as we work hard to keep staff, members, and the public safe.
All Michigan residents ages 16-49 with disabilities and certain medical conditions will be eligible for the vaccine beginning March 22nd!! All other adults will be eligible beginning April 5th.
Beginning Monday 3/8, Michigan residents aged 50+ with disabilities and parents/caregivers aged 16+ of kids with special healthcare needs are eligible to receive the covid-19 vaccine! We are continuing to advocate for all residents with disabilities to be included in the current vaccination distribution phase.
FAQs and DSAWM’s continued vaccine advocacy
On February 2nd, DSAWM signed a vaccine advocacy letter organized by Disability Advocates of Kent County and Disability Network Michigan. The letter was sent to West Michigan healthcare leaders, MDHHS Director Hertel, and Governor Whitmer urging for the inclusion of those with disabilities in the current Phase 1B of vaccine distribution as well as advocating for equitable access for those with disabilities at vaccination sites.
According to the CDC as of December 23, 2020, Down syndrome is added to the list of at-risk persons. Michigan residents with Down syndrome may therefore fall into Phase 1C of vaccine distribution.
Michigan Vaccine Distribution Plan & Registration Portal
COVID-19 & Down Syndrome Resource, published by the Global Down Syndrome Foundation and national consortium members
Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group-USA Vaccine Position Statement
NDSC Vaccine FAQs & Infographic