COVID-19: The Latest News and Resources
This short video from TransCen, Inc. (the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center’s parent organization) provides information in clear and simple language for people with disabilities – what they need to know about the coronavirus, how to stay safe, and why it's so important to stay home.
Federal Transit Administration Answers Questions About Ensuring Equitable Transportation Programs During Pandemic
The Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) recently updated the civil rights section of their information page on transportation and COVID-19, to include answers to frequently asked questions about the accommodation of people with disabilities using either fixed route or paratransit services.
Health Care Rationing
In response to a civil rights complaint filed by Disability Rights Pennsylvania (DRP) and other advocacy groups, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced that Pennsylvania has made changes to its proposed guidelines on rationing of scarce resources needed to treat COVID-19 patients. Policy changes are designed to better protect people with disabilities from discrimination.
DRP also issued a fact sheet on Health Care Rationing: What Patients with Disabilities Need to Know During the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Disability Agencies Urge Feds to Issue Additional Guidance on Health Care Rationing
The National Council on Disability (NCD), an independent federal agency, issued a letter to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), urging the department to take additional action to safeguard the civil rights of people with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) issued a similar letter, co-signed by hundreds of civil rights organizations.
Historically, people with disabilities have experienced bias and other challenges in receiving appropriate health care and medical treatment. This article highlights personal stories about inequities in health care, and explores the fears that some people have about receiving care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“National Disability Institute Launches COVID-19 Financial Resilience Center to Provide Cost-Free Financial Resources for People with Disabilities”
The National Disability Institute (NDI), with support from the Wells Fargo Foundation, recently launched the Financial Resilience Center, an online education and information hub for people with disabilities and those with chronic health conditions. The site is designed to promote effective financial decision making and stability in response to the adverse economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.
United Spinal Association recently announced that it has been awarded a grant from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation to provide relief to people living with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D) who are experiencing hardships due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
“Easterseals Receives Grant from the EquallyAble Foundation to Support Services for People with Disabilities During Coronavirus Crisis”
Easterseals, a leading nonprofit provider of services and advocacy for people with disabilities and their families, has received a $25,000 grant from the EquallyAble Foundation to support the Easterseals COVID-19 Relief Fund. The Fund has been established to assure continued delivery of Easterseals’ critical home- and community-based services during the national public health crisis and throughout recovery.
This article outlines the ways that disability policies and practices in employment, congregate care, and politics may be impacted long-term by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Check our Coronavirus Information and Resources page for more on employment, health, transportation, and education issues during the pandemic.
The author of this article shares five reasons people with disabilities should continue to advocate for their rights.