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COVID-19 Updates

October 13, 2020

COVID-19 and Mental Health in Adults in Puerto Rico: Determining Social and Personal Factors
COVID-19 and Mental Health in Adults in Puerto Rico: Determining Social and Personal Factors

We want to know your experience.

You are invited to participate in the following study:
COVID-19 and Mental Health in Adults in Puerto Rico: Determining Social and Personal Factors

To be eligible you have to be:

  • 21 years of age
  • Living in Puerto Rico for at least 3 months
  • Understand Spanish

Participate Now


Eduardo Cumba Avilés, Ph.D.
Ernesto Rosario-Hernándes, Ph.D.
Orlando Pagán-Torres, B.A.

For more information please contact Dr. Eduado Cumba Avilés, 787-310-9686 or

September 10, 2020

Navigating a New Reality
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July 24, 2020

Living through Covid-19 and having a disability

July 13, 2020

Changes to the IHSS Program Due to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

Duchenne Family Assistance Program - Coronovirus Relief Fund

DUCHENNE FAMILIES - Help is available for EMERGENCY NEEDS and FAMILY FUN! Coronavirus seems to have turned the whole world upside down. Whether you’re struggling with job loss, the worry about isolating but still getting groceries, figuring out how to keep your kids busy, or all of the above, these are unusual times! That’s why the Duchenne Family Assistance Program is launching the Coronavirus Relief Fund for Duchenne families. Here’s how it works:

*Go to and click “apply for help” at the top of the page

* Fill out steps 1-3

* In step 4, choose “Coronavirus Relief” and then select $250 or $500. These mini-grants are available for groceries (and delivery fees!), utilities, or any other emergency needs you’re struggling with. Please tell us how you plan to use the funds and if there are other ways you need help.

* Also in step 4, you can choose “Family Fun Fund” to request a $100 mini-grant per child so you can purchase fun or educational materials for your DMD child(ren) AND SIBLINGS!! All you have to do is select the number of kids in your Duchenne household, and then start planning some fun...puzzles, games, a new hobby, music or whatever works for your child(ren)!

Oregon State University AWards Study

May 22, 2020

MDA Engage: Caring for oneself with ALS during COVID-19 - On-demand Webinar
MDA alongside Dr. Ambereen Mehta and Hillary Zebberman, MSW, LCSW, from UCLA Health in Los Angeles, CA, are the hosts of this on-demand webinar for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) families and caregivers to learn about how to care for yourself during this time of uncertainty with COVID-19.  Topics explored during this webinar include an overview of the medical considerations around ALS and COVID-19, working through stress and anxiety, creating new norms, caregiver resources, and adapting to a world with social distancing.

NIH’s Rare Disease Survey
Rare disease patients and caregivers: How are you being impacted by the novel coronavirus pandemic? Please complete a 20-minute online research survey from home to share your experiences. This study is being conducted by the NIH’s Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network. Is access to care changing? Can you get needed medical and nutritional supplies? Are stress and anxiety impacting you and your family? Your responses may help researchers understand the impacts of COVID-19 on the rare disease community. Complete the survey or learn more.
NIH’s Rare Disease Survey

May 19, 2020
Coronavirus 2019 Information
This video presents an easy-to-understand overview of COVID-19 - what it is, how it spreads, and why an infection with this virus can become so serious.

May 14, 2020
See the results of Community Survey on Covid-19
Thank you to the community for lending your voice to MDA’s Community Survey on COVID-19. Over 1,900 people participated and provided valuable insight into the needs of the neuromuscular community during this time of COVID-19. We are happy to share back with you the highlights from the survey. These results are helping MDA as we work to support gaps in information and needs.

May 1, 2020

Questions on COVID-19? Email

March 26, 2020
MDA Summer Camp Update

After careful review of the growing seriousness and community spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), and discussion with trusted medical professionals and organizations, MDA has made the difficult decision to cancel all summer camp programs in 2020. Our top priority is the health and safety of our campers, volunteers and staff. We know that our campers, volunteers, sponsors, and MDA staff look forward to these life-changing weeks at camp every year, and this decision was not made lightly. More information about virtual opportunities to connect with the MDA community will be available soon.

March 9, 2020
MDA Conference Update

After consulting with our physician experts, community leaders, participating panelists, attendees, meeting sponsors, and vendors, we have decided to postpone our 2020 MDA Clinical & Scientific Conference scheduled for March 22–25, 2020, at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida, due to concerns over the Coronavirus. Please stay tuned for further updates.