Virtual Community Life Engagement

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Occasional Paper

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With the emergence of the COVID-19 epidemic and the related need for physical distancing, we have all had to figure out how to live differently. People have been asked to stay at home as much as possible and practice social distancing (staying at least six feet apart from one another). Social distancing does not, however, have to mean social isolation. People across the United States and the world are learning how to make and maintain social connections virtually.

A wide array of virtual activities has emerged on the internet, but not all online activities are of equal value when it comes to community life engagement for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). In this brief, we apply the Four Guideposts for Community Life Engagement to identifying virtual opportunities for interaction and engagement.

Community Engaged/Serving

Part of the UMass Boston Community-Engaged Teaching, Research, and Service Series. //