USICD has developed the below COVID-19 resources in response to requests from our disabled peoples’ organizations around the globe. Please send your official updates and press releases to firstname.lastname@example.org
USA – Government
Administration for Community Living (ACL) webpage on COVID-19 for older adults and people with disabilities. Scroll to the bottom of the page for resources in Spanish.
CDC: Six American Sign Language (ASL) videos on COVID-19 (may take a few minutes for the YouTube channel to load)
CMS: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Partner Toolkit (lots of excellent resources)
Department of Defense Military OneSource COVID-19 information for the military community.
Department of Education Q&A on Proving Services to Children with Disabilities During the Coronavirus Disease Outbreak
Department of Labor COVID-19 webpage includes information on workplace safety, and other general relevant information for workers and employers.
Department of State COVID-19 webpage includes travel advisories, international aid information and other important details.
FEMA: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response (available in Spanish)
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Coronavirus Tax Relief information. Details about tax filing which has been extended to 15 July, 2020. Read more here.
SAMHSA’s Tips for Social Distancing and Isolation – This tip sheet describes feelings and thoughts people may have during and after social distancing, quarantine, and isolation. It also suggests ways to care for behavioral health during these experiences and provides resources for more help.
SAMHSA Disaster Distress Line: https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline
- Deaf/Hard of Hearing instructions:
- Text TalkWithUs to 66746
- Use your preferred relay service to call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990
- TTY 1-800-846-8517
National Council on Disability COVID-19 Letter to Health & Human Services Office for Civil Rights
Go to USA-Civil Society
USA – Civil Society
American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) Accessible Education Resources
(blog dtd 23 March, 2020)
HuffPost Personal: As A Disabled Person, I’m Afraid I May Not Be Deemed Worth Saving From The Coronavirus by Email Ladau (25 March, 2020)
Disabilityscoop: Coronavirus Brings Added Worries For People With Disabilities (article dtd 17 March, 2020)
Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF): Letter to CA Governor Gavin Newsom: Protect Disabled Californians and Prohibit Healthcare “Rationing” Based on Disability (20 March, 2020)
Disability Rights Fund: Our Response to COVID-19 Concerns
Family Caregiver Alliance; National Center on Caregiving: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources and Articles for Family Caregivers
Feeding America : Find Your Local Food Bank
Forbes: Mindset Matters: Invisible Disabilities And The Future Of Work In The Era Of COVID-19 by Jonathan Kaufman (article dtd 23 March, 2020)
Forbes: 5 Things To Know About Coronavirus And People With Disabilities by Andrew Pulrang (article dtd 8 March, 2020)
The Paralysis Resource Center has created this resource for people living with paralysis. Additional paralysis resources:
- SCI, flu, and coronavirus
- El coronavirus (COVID-19) y la parálisis
- Coronavirus fact sheet (PDF): English Spanish
Plain Language Information on COVID-19 from the Self Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center (SARTAC)
- This 8-page booklet about the Coronavirus is written in plain language. It was created by and for people with developmental disabilities. It focuses on “need to know” information (not “nice to know” information).
- Información de COVID-19 Por y Para Personas con Discapacidades
Portlight Strategies, Inc. COVID-19 Announcement webpage – includes information about a call-to-action identifying the urgent need for immediate strategies and solutions from the federal government and governments at every level, including local, state, tribal and territorial, to address the specific needs of people with disabilities, older adults, and people with access and functional needs throughout the COVID-19 outbreak and all public health emergencies.
National Organization for Rare Diseases: Prevention and risk for rare community
New York Times: ‘I Will Not Apologize for My Needs’ by Ari Ne’eman (Opinion dtd 23 March, 2020)
New York Times: Will Disabled People Be at a Disadvantage for Scarce Coronavirus Treatment? (article dtd 24 March, 2020)
Not Dead Yet Blog titled COVID-19 Reveals A Deadly Failure of Priorities. Visit USICD member Not Dead Yet to link to affiliates in the UK, Canada and New Zealand (scroll down on the right side-bar)
NPR: People With Disabilities Say Rationing Care Policies Violate Civil Rights by Joseph Shapiro (article dtd 23 March, 2020)
RespectAbility: Disabled Americans Demand Hospitals Aren’t Pushed into Medical Rationing (article dtd 22 March, 2020)
Spectrum: How governments should maintain disability services during the pandemic by Ari Ne’eman (article dtd 24 March 2020)
The Arc: Disability Discrimination Complaint Filed Over COVID-19 Treatment Rationing Plan in Washington State (23 March, 2020)
Times Standard: What stores have special hours for seniors, disabled folks? Here’s our list (23 March, 2020)
University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill; UNC team creates online toolkit for those supporting individuals with autism during COVID-19 epidemic (19 March, 2020)
World Institute on Disability Recommendations for Immediate Action: The Rights & Needs of People with Disabilities Who Use Personal Assistance Services & Supports Throughout COVID-19 Planning & Response
Ghana failed to provide coronavirus information in sign language (article dtd 23 March, 2020)
Mozambique -Learn How to Prtect Yourself from Coronavirus in LSM. Aiba Como Se Proteger Do Coronavirus Em LSM (information in sign language)
People First of Canada: Information sheet
- CARICOM Special Rapporteur on Disability Calls on Regional Governments to Ensure Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Fight against COVID-19
- Disabled People’s International N. America and the Caribbean (DPI NAC) COVID-19 Pandemic Message (English)
- Disabled People’s International N. America and the Caribbean (DPI NAC) COVID-19 Pandemic Message (French)
- Antigua & Barbuda: Disabled Community Appeals for Inclusion in COVID-19 Messaging
- Saint Lucia – Interview with Disabled Peoples International N. America and the Caribbean President (DPI NAC) & President of the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities, Merphilus James Another video here.
Disabled People’s International (DPI) Acting Chairperson, Mrs. Henrietta Davis-Wray: Important Message from DPI on COVID-19 Pandemic
European Disability Forum: Comprehensive update from Europe
Scroll.in: Coronavirus: For Persons with Disabilities, avoiding Covid-19 poses special challenges by Nipun Malhotra, New Delhi, India
Activist Saji Mohammed, a disabled person at the Disabled People’s Assembly in Iraq, launches her Coronavirus awareness message (no captions) The Iraqi Disabled – IAOD has more coronavirus discussion videos available on their Facebook page.
Iraq Alliance on Disability YouTube Coronavirus video in the deaf sign language of Iraq
International Disability Alliance’s COVID-19 and the Disability Movement webpage includes a list of recommendations towards a disability-inclusive COVIS-19 response.
International Labor Organization (ILO): COVID-19 and the World of Work
Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Opinion paper
United Nations (UN) Economic & Social Commissions for Asia & the Pacific (ESCAP) Policy Brief: COVID-19 and Persons with Disabilities (look on the right sidebar for the link to download the brief)
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) has launched a survey in order to collect information on the experience of persons with disabilities in the current Covid-19 pandemic. Please find the survey links below and disseminate through your networks.
UN News: Preventing discrimination against people with disabilities in COVID-19 response (Article dtd 19 March, 2020)
World Federation of the Deaf: Informational Newsletter on the Corona Virus