COVID-19 Updates and Resources
The health and wellness of our staff, partners, and the individuals we serve is our number one priority. As this rapidly changing situation develops, we encourage you to check this page frequently for updates, important information, and resources.
We appreciate your patience as we adjust to new ways of advancing our mission of promoting full access, equal opportunities, and participation for all.
We know these are tough times. People all over the globe are fighting COVID-19 (also called coronavirus). To slow the spread of the virus, rules have been put in place to help people stay safe. But these rules can be hard on people with disabilities. Let's stay connected even while we are far apart! We are here for you in good ol' Riot! style. In this issue, we give you facts, stories, resources, and fun games to play. Until we can all be together again, we'll do our best to keep rockin!
Introducing COVID Connections – A chance to socialize, have fun, and learn new things!
- Registration - You do not need to preregister unless you need a sign language interpreter. Please contact Daria Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need a sign language interpreter.
- Connecting to Zoom – Here is the link to use for the Covid Connections events.
Join Zoom Meeting
Hesperian Health Guides website Coronavirus Fact Sheet - Also available in multiple languages English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Urdu, Bangla, Filipino, Vietnamese, Bahasa Indonesia, Farsi, Sindhi, Telugu, and Hindi on. Fact sheets in Shona, Portuguese, Arabic, and Chichewa are on the way.
*New* COVID 19 and the ADA, Accessibility and Civil Rights
Questions and Answers on Disability Nondiscrimination in Health Care and Community Life During the COVID-19 Pandemic - Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF)
Ensuring Civil Rights During the COVID-19 Response - Federal Emergency Management Agency
Special ADA Audio Conference Session: COVID-19 and the ADA: Access to Programs and Services - Pre-recorded, no cost. Includes a resource document and a copy of the presentation handout. ADA National Network
No Mask, No Service? ADA Considerations for Business Owners Requiring Face Masks in Retail Stores - The National Law Review
What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws - Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the Americans With Disabilities Act - Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Hospitals Must Consider Accommodation Requests in Pandemic - Bloomberg Law
BULLETIN: Civil Rights, HIPAA, and the Coronavirus Disease - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Questions and Answers on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the COVID-19 Outbreak - U.S. Department of Education
Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Preschool, Elementary and Secondary Schools While Serving Children with Disabilities - U.S. Department of Education
Resources to Support Students with Disabilities During the COVID-19 Crisis - National Center for Learning Disabilities
COVID-19 Information for People with Disabilities, Older Adults, and Others with Functional or Access Needs - Project REDD (Research and Education on Disability and Disaster)
Accessibility at Drive-Thru Medical Sites - ADA National Network
Resources for Persons with Disabilities
People First of CT: Things to Know about COVID 19 - This video stars members of People First of Connecticut, our statewide self-advocacy group. The video addresses safety tips as well as what to do to avoid boredom. It also reminds all self-advocates that they are not alone.
Let's Talk About the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Video (3.5 min)- The video uses a drawn Whiteboard technique to tell a social narrative. It was developed by the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UM-NSU CARD).
CDC American Sign Language COVID-19 Informational Videos- Five videos featuring a certified Deaf interpreter deal with managing COVID-19 at home, symptoms of the virus, prevention tips, risk factors, and what older adults need to know about COVID-19. Videos include closed captions.
Safety Tips Videos from Self-Advocates ▼
- Episode 1: How to Stay Healthy
- Episode 2: What Should I Do If I Think I’m Sick?
- Episode 3: What I Should Do If I Get Sick
- Episode 4: What To Do If a Caregiver or a Family Member Gets Sick
- Bonus: Bloopers and Extra Clips
Resources on Special Education
Resources for Children and Families
Parents who wish to access supports are invited to call 833-258-5011 and speak with trained professionals who will listen and speak with them about their concerns and, if additional help is needed, refer them to responsive services. They can also utilize their phones to visit www.talkitoutct.com and click on the link to be connected to the same caring professionals.