Analyzing the Impacts of Major Shifts in Programming on Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Jordan Siggers, Ronald Brandenburg, Dr. Kelley Ditzel, Department of Government & Sociology, Georgia College and State University, 231 W Hancock St, Milledgeville, GA 31061

The Life Enrichment Center (LEC) is a nonprofit organization in Baldwin County, Georgia that conducts programming and services for adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD). They have been struck hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, as it forced a drastic shift in approach. Programs that would typically be held in person were moved to an online format, which had cascading impacts from the Executive Director to the family of each enrolled individual. The overall impacts are difficult to quantify for most organizations in this position; however, the LEC has a unique opportunity to gain insight into these changes through their interns, staff, and program participants. A series of interviews was conducted with program participants and upcoming interns addressing the pandemic and the sudden change to online programming. Utilizing the interviews as data, a logic model was created to suggest the distinct impacts of COVID-19 and how to adapt these changes to create the most productive series of programs and services going into the future. Individual interviews were broken down into data points, with interviewees providing honest insight into how the pandemic impacted their roles, interactions, and activities. We examined these data points in the categories of inputs and priorities, leading directly & indirectly to a series of outputs and outcomes. In coordination with the LEC, we anticipate utilizing the results to determine the effectiveness of trans-COVID-19 programming to address future directions. Given the importance of assisting adults with IDD, this opportunity will direct attention to how these individuals have been affected by the pandemic, along with their capacity to benefit from online programming in comparison to in-person.

Additional Abstract Information

Presenter: Jordan Siggers

Institution: Georgia College and State University

Type: Poster

Subject: Education

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Poster 5
Date/Time: Tue 12:30pm-1:30pm
Session Number: 4150