‘They’re the front lines’; Staff Care for Adults with Disabilities Amid Pandemic, Funding Challenges

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Dr. Jennifer Chambers hasn’t seen her son, Michael, in weeks.

Michael, who is 24, has Down syndrome and is on the autism spectrum. He lives in a community home in Harrisburg managed by Keystone Human Services. To reduce the risk of exposure to the coronavirus, community homes for those with disabilities aren’t allowing family members to visit.

It’s a necessary precaution and a heartbreaking one.

“I practice not tearing up to talk about it,” Chambers said. “Not being able to see Michael has been probably the hardest.”

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