Resources around the COVID-19 vaccination process and impacts on the Intellectual & Developmental Disability (IDD) community
Great Bay Services staff and our peers who also work with folks with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (IDD) are now receiving our first vaccination shots, and we are told to expect that soon vaccination shots will be available to everyone we support. Please note that we will not be delivering the vaccine on-site at GBS. Please ask your case manager and/or primary care physician for information about vaccine delivery.
The decision of whether or not to get the COVID-19 vaccine is a personal one, and we at Great Bay Services recommend that you speak to your medical provider(s) and to your loved ones about this important decision.
In order to assist you in having these conversations, we have compiled the following resources which may help you in thinking about and talking through the COVID-19 vaccine and related subjects.
- Pam Layne, Executive Director
The beginning of a new year is a wonderful time for many people to look ahead to goals they want to accomplish over the next 12 months, but 2021 is beginning in the same unusual way that 2020 ended due to the pandemic. The uncertainty of when vaccines will be available to large numbers of people and questions about how this will affect our lives on a daily basis makes it difficult to look ahead. So, one way to adjust how we create goals this year is to focus on our personal wellness.
Shannon Cantara is our Adult Case Management Department Head and agency Transition Specialist. Shannon holds a Master’s degree in Special Education, and worked as a Special Educator in both Maine and New Hampshire for several years prior to a career shift to work with Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Her extensive knowledge of services and supports during the educational years, as well as adulthood, allows her to provide specialized support in assisting families, clients and guardians with a smooth transition through process of working with the Maine Adult Developmental Services Eligibility and application process.