Rose F. Kennedy Children's Evaluation & Rehabilitation Center


Engage & Educate: Equipping the New York State Disability Community with Science-Based Information About COVID-19

The VaxFactsDDNY project works to increase access to/understanding of information and resources about COVID-19 among persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their families. We focus on vaccines and issues that have been exacerbated by COVID-19 or are a direct result of COVID-19 including the long-haul impact of COVID-19, lack of childcare options, impact on children, and mental health effects. We hope to provide tools and resources to deal with the “new normal”.

Please visit the Rose F. Kennedy Children's Evaluation & Rehabilitation Center (RFK CERC) social media accounts to learn more about VaxFactsDDNY:  

VaxFactsDDNY Monthly Newsletter

VaxFactsDDNY English Monthly Newsletter / pdf 

Consulte en Español el boletín mensual de VaxFactsDDNY / aquí

Mandarin VaxFactsDDNY Monthly Newsletter / pdf 

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Learn: COVID +? : What to do next for individuals.

English Information can be found here.

Spanish Information can be found here.

Mandarin Chinese Information can be found here


Watch: Special Olympics Athletes Take on Covid19: Vaccinate! Part 1 and Part 2

Special Olympics Athletes Talk COVID-19 Vaccine on December 4th, 2021, at the Javits Center. Featuring American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation! 



Watch: The Vaccine & Covid-19 in NYC Schools

On Wednesday, December 15th, 2021, Dr. Michelle Ramirez, a leading bilingual (English-Spanish) pediatric critical care specialist at NYU Langone, and Jose Rios Lua, director at the NYC Department of Education’s Family Empowerment & Communications, gave a presentation about COVID-19 vaccine safety and efficacy, NYC DOE school protocols in place to protect students with disabilities, and dispelled myths and rumors to soothe parent worries. This webinar was sponsored by VaxFactsDDNY and Sinergia, and was presented in English with Spanish, Mandarin, and ASL interpretation. 


COVID-19 Vaccines and Children with Developmental Disabilities: Let’s Talk

On Wednesday, November 17th, 2021, Dr. Lisa H. Shulman, Neurodevelopmental Pediatrician and Interim Director of Rose F. Kennedy CERC at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore, gave a virtual talk about COVID-19 vaccines for children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Questions from parents about vaccine benefits, side effects, and ingredients were answered. 


Watch: COVID-19: A Discussion for Children, Teens and Adults with Developmental Disabilities and Families Available with American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation!


Watch: COVID-19 vaccines for people with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities

Click below to watch a presentation about COVID-19 vaccines for people with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities:


Watch: COVID-19: Latest Update on What IDD Agency Staff and Care Coordinators Need to Know


Watch: Why I Got Vaccinated

Check out the videos below to see why members of NY’s Developmental Disabilities community explain why they got the COVID-19 vaccine: 

Kathleen Maggi (Special Olympics Athlete) 

Terry Maggi (Parent and Special Olympics Coach) 

Lisa Diana (Special Olympics Athlete and Self-Advocate) 

Rocio Zumaya (Parent) 

Vanessa Gonzalez (Parent) 

Bin Feng (Parent - Chinese Language) 

Aillen Aponte (Self-Advocate) 

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