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The Alabama Developmental Disabilities Network (DD Network) has been serving the State of Alabama for over 20 years and are pleased to announce an enhanced collaboration. Our goal is to bring you the latest knowledge and resources to those who can put it to the best use, including self-advocates, families, service providers, and policymakers. The Alabama DD Network is made up of the DD Council, ADAP, and UCEDD. These three Programs are explained in greater detail at the end of this newsletter. We will be sharing this and other communication on our websites and through emails.

PIP AL logo 2021The Alabama DD Network is proud to collaborate on Partners in Policymaking Alabama. We are now in our second cohort since the relaunch. We are excited to bring this advocacy training to the people of Alabama, and look forward to working with you. 

The Alabama DD Network is partnering with other state Agencies to address Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy and booster shots.

Vaccination and booster information video.
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We would like to share the Vaccine Advocacy Campaign developed in partnership with the Alabama Department of Senior Services.
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We also want to share important information concerning the ongoing health crisis. Below are trusted sites that you can rely on to provide you with the correct procedures to follow during COVID-19 preparation and prevention.

For Alabamians who have questions and would like updates on COVID-19 please continue to visit the Alabama Department of Public Health and for more information on testing in Alabama, visit COVID-19 Testing or call the Alabama COVID-19 24/7 hotline at 1-888-264-2256 for testing sites and hours of operation in your area.

Vaccine Hesitancy: “Relying on other people around you to get vaccinated to keep immunity levels high and protect you from COVID is like driving without a seatbelt and trusting that other drivers won’t hit you, animals won’t jump in front of your car, and your tire won’t blow out,” says Suzanne Judd, PhD, an epidemiologist in the UAB School of Public Health. “The seatbelt keeps you safe when unforeseen things happen on the road. The vaccine keeps you safe when unforeseen things happen with the virus.”

Read more about the potential impact of vaccine hesitancy in Alabama.

COVID-19 Updates from the Administration for Community Living

New resources and updated information added to

The volume of information is growing, and here is key information made easier for you to find. There are also several FAQs and other new resources, especially the one for the aging and disability networks. You will find program-specific guidance as it’s available, as well as links to information specifically applicable to the disability networks. A few key areas are:

Updates offered by the Minnesota Department of Public Health in American Sign Language, Spanish, Somali and Hmong

For the Aging and Disability Networks

Program-Specific Information

CMS COVID-19 Guidance - HCBS Waivers, Nursing Home Visitation

Emergency Planning Toolkit

Resources from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

For guidance for healthcare facilities, including but not limited to, nursing homes, hospice facilities, dialysis facilities, home health agencies, and for use of industrial respirators, visit the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Additional Resources

More from the CDC

Information for Medicare Beneficiaries

Beware of scams: FTC guidance

Language Access Resources (from our grantee)

Fact Sheet for older adults and people with disabilities

World Health Organization (WHO) Advice for the Public: When and How to Use Masks

FoodHave supplies on hand

Contact your healthcare provider to ask about obtaining extra necessary medications to have on hand in case there is an outbreak of COVID-19 in your community and you need to stay home for a prolonged period of time.

  • If you cannot get extra medications, consider using mail-order for medications.

  • Be sure you have over-the-counter medicines and medical supplies (tissues, etc.) to treat fever and other symptoms. Most people will be able to recover from COVID-19 at home.

  • Have enough household items and groceries on hand so that you will be prepared to stay at home until notified.

washinghandsTake everyday precautions

Clean your hands often. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place.

    • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

    • To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places – elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, handshaking with people, etc. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something.

    • Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, etc.

    • Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs: practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks & cell phones)

Your Guide to Masks

Updated Aug. 13, 2021

Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. Travelers are not required to wear a mask in outdoor areas of a conveyance (like on open deck areas of a ferry or the uncovered top deck of a bus).


How to Select

When selecting a mask, there are many choices. Here are some do’s and don’ts.

DO choose masks that
DO choose masks that have 2 or more layers of washable, breathable fabric graphic.

Have two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric

DO choose masks that completely cover your nose and mouth;

Completely cover your nose and mouth

DO choose masks that fit snugly against the sides of your face and don't have gaps.

Fit snugly against the sides of your face and don’t have gaps

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Have a nose wire toprevent air from leaking out of the top of the mask

DO NOT choose masks that
DO NOT choose masks that are made of fabric that makes it hard to breath, for example, vinyl

Are made of fabric that makes it hard to breathe, for example, vinyl

No masks with valves

Have exhalation valves or vents which allow virus particles to escape

DO NOT choose masks that are intended for healthcare workers, including N95 respirators or surgical masks

Are prioritized for healthcare workers, including N95 respirators

Alabama Developmental Disabilities Network

The Council on Developmental Disabilities is an independent agency created by the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (DD Act). The DD Act is based on principles of self-determination, independence, productivity, integration and inclusion in all facets of community life for individuals with developmental disabilities. The DD Act created programs that make up a DD Network in every state and U.S. Territory:

  • State Councils on Developmental Disabilities (Councils)

  • University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs)

  • Protection & Advocacy Systems (P&As).

Councils on Developmental Disabilities

  • Councils are federally-funded, self-governing organizations charged with identifying the most pressing needs of people with developmental disabilities in their state. Councils advance public policy and practices that improve services to citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Key activities include conducting outreach, providing training and technical assistance, removing barriers, developing coalitions, encouraging citizen participation, and keeping policymakers informed about disability issues. The Council network is coordinated by the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities.

  • Alabama’s Council is operated by Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities.

Protection and Advocacy System

University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service

Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities - AIDD

The Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is the federal administering agency that oversees Councils, P&A Systems and UCEDDs. It is located in the Administration on Community Living of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Learn more about the history of the Administration.