Passing the Bumps in the Road: Adapting to COVID-19

Even during these crazy times, I have been able to keep working as administrative assistant for the Down Syndrome Association of Central Kentucky (DSACK). I work from home in my own office setup and put in as many hours a day as I can helping out the staff.

Working from home during the pandemic has really taught me to be proactive and be the best administrative assistant I can be. I’ve led Reading with Emily and Friends, a virtual reading program for people with Down syndrome. I’ve also represented the staff at our virtual exercise classes and College Hangout. Both occur each week and are lots of fun.

One thing I’ve become very good at is participating on Zoom meetings and webinars. I like the interaction with staff at our twice a week Zoom meetings. I really enjoy this part of my work days.

By Emily Wright

For youth with disabilities who are working or seeking employment, the impact of COVID-19 has presented new challenges. Some have been furloughed due to business closings and miss that important part of their lives. Others have roles deemed essential working in the service industry, but may have health conditions that make them more vulnerable. Other young employees are learning how to adapt to working from home. This can require some creativity and and additional training but is possible for certain jobs. The support and flexibility of employers like Emily’s demonstrates the possibilities.

What are some ways you have adapted to working remotely or with more safety measures during COVID-19? Leave a comment below or you can also email us with your story.