Quality of Life for Individuals with Disabilities During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Shannon L. Sparks, Ph.D.
Sang Nam, Ph.D.
California State University, San Bernardino
Individuals with disabilities go through many transitional periods throughout their lifetime, and each series of transitional decision(s) has a direct impact on one’s quality of life. Educators and families want to see young adults experience a quality of life with opportunities to have independence, a job where they receive a paycheck, and a life where they can enhance their overall personal outcomes (Center for American Progress, 2019; Emerson et al.,1996). For some, quality of life may entail pursuing dreams, accomplishing goals, and living life to the fullest (American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 2015). Other individuals may be content with where they are at the present moment. Quality of life (QoL) for people with disabilities varies with each individual. It is different for each diverse family who has a young adult with a disability, especially when varying factors are beyond their control (World Health Organization, 2020). This manuscript will explore what quality of life is and what it means for individuals with disabilities during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Keywords: Quality of life, COVID-19, Self-Determination, Choice-Making
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