COVID-19 Webinar Series -Hospitalized People with IDD Need their Caregivers: They Aren’t Visitors

HealthMatters-Program-LogoHospitalized People with IDD Need their Caregivers: They Aren’t Visitors

Presented by Sarah H. Ailey, PhD, APHN, Professor, Rush University

This presentation will provide an overview on the need to implement hospital visitation policies for people with IDD. Best practices policies that advocate for the rights of people with IDD to have a caregiver with them while hospitalized to help make decisions and provide reassurance and calmness is a matter of life and death. Implementation of strategies that support healing for people with IDD if caregivers cannot be present will also be discussed.


1. The webinar is free.
2.CEUs are not offered for the webinar.
3. Webinar and materials will be recorded and archived on YouTube.
4. For disability, accommodations email Jasmina Sisirak ( at least 10 days before the webinar.

COVID-19 Webinar Series is presented by the HealthMatters

Program(, Department of Disability and Human Development, College of Applied Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago through continued partnership with Project SEARCH ( funded by the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council, Grant # 17CH03FA20 and Aspire (

Upcoming Webinars:

August 4, 2020 at 1 PM CDT / 2 PM EDT
Health Matters Now More than Ever: The Triple Burden of Disease for People with IDD

Jasmina Sisirak, PhD, MPH, Co-Director of the HealthMatters Program, Department of Disability and Health, University of Illinois at Chicago and Jennifer Eastman, MBA, Director of Community Living Policy at Maryland Department of Disabilities


August 11, 2020 at 1 PM CDT / 2 PM EDT
Shifting Services in Community-Based Organizations: Meeting the Needs of People with IDD
Susan L. Silberman, PhD, Senior Director, Research & Evaluation at National Council on Aging (NCOA), Washington, DC

August 18, 2020 at 1 PM CDT / 2 PM EDT
Employment Resilience: People with IDD are Critical Frontline Workers
Erin Riehle, MSN, RN, Founder and Senior Director, Project SEARCH