Coronavirus: Information and Resources

Content Categories:

Employment and Business

Transportation

Housing

Health, Community Living, and Civil Rights

Education and Civil Rights

General

Employment and Business

  • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC): Information on Coronavirus and COVID-19 includes guidance documents on employment issues such as the kinds of health-related questions employers are allowed to ask, medical exams they are allowed to conduct, and when they may require a worker to stay home; a webinar (with transcript) answers common questions about COVID-19 in relation to the ADA, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and the Civil Rights Act.
  • U.S. Department of Labor (DOL): Coronavirus Resources provides information on workplace safety, wage and hour issues, unemployment insurance, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and other employment issues.
  • Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology (PEAT): Information on Telework and Accessibility can help both employers and employees ensure accessible online recruitment, staff training, human resources functions, and other virtual communications; resources include tips and tools on hosting accessible virtual meetings and presentations, as well as creating accessible documents, website content, social media posts, multimedia, and more.
  • Disability:IN: A comprehensive collection of information and resources on Digital Accessibility and Best Practices for Remote Work.
  • Deaf/Hard of Hearing Technology Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (DHH-RERC): Remote Workplace Guidance for employers and employees who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind (including information in American Sign Language).  
  • Small Business Administration (SBA): low-interest federal disaster loans may be available to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19.

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Transportation

  • The Federal Transit Administration in the U.S. Department of Transportation (FTA/DOT): Frequently Asked Questions Regarding COVID-19 and Civil Rights answers questions about how transit operators can maintain access and equity in public transit and paratransit services.
  • National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC): COVID-19 Resources includes a variety of information on how to safely and effectively operate transit programs and services during the pandemic.

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Housing

  • Mortgage and Housing Assistance (CFPB/FHFA/HUD): This website from from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has information about mortgage relief and protections for renters during the coronavirus emergency.
  • The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) also lists a variety of housing assistance agencies and resources, including resources for individuals who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

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Health, Community Living, and Civil Rights

  • The Administration for Community Living (ACL): What People with Disabilities and Older Adults Need to Know About Coronavirus provides information on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases; the site also includes links to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as state, local, and territorial health departments and tribal and Indian organizations. The CDC also offers a series of five videos on COVID-19 presented in American Sign Language (ASL).
  • Office for Civil Rights (OCR), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Bulletin: Civil Rights, HIPAA, and COVID reminds health care providers that:

    • People with disabilities should not be denied care based on stereotypes, judgments about a person's relative "worth,” or assumptions about quality of life;
    • Communicating effectively with individuals with hearing or vision disabilities, as well as others with limited English proficiency, may require the provision of aids or services such as qualified interpreters, picture boards, or other means;
    • Emergency messages should be made available in plain language, and in languages prevalent in the affected area, and in multiple formats to ensure access;
    • Emergency planning must address the needs of individuals with all types of disabilities.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): Disaster Distress Helpline

    • This 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline is dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to disasters, including disease outbreaks and pandemics. Toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories.
      Connect with a trained crisis counselor:
      Telephone: 1-800-985-5990 (voice or relay; Spanish speakers press “2”); TTY 1-800-846-8517
      Text: TalkWithUs to 66746 (Spanish speakers from the 50 states text Hablanos to 66746; from Puerto Rico text Hablanos to 1-787-339-2663)

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Education and Civil Rights

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General

  • The U.S. Department of Justice: The Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division issued a press release warning that cards and other documents bearing the Department of Justice seal and circulating on the web and via social media channels, claiming that individuals are exempt from face mask requirements, are fraudulent. The press release notes that the "ADA does not provide a blanket exemption to people with disabilities from complying with legitimate safety requirements necessary for safe operations."
  • The Southeast ADA Center: Disability and COVID-19 includes a wide variety of information; some information is also available in Spanish.
  • The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD): Digital Accessibility in the Age of COVID-19 includes information for ensuring accessibility for remote work, school, and social engagement.
  • National Association of the Deaf (NAD): Information on Coronavirus related to various issues for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

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