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.

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We appreciate your patience as we adjust to new ways of advancing our mission of promoting full access, equal opportunities, and participation for all.


Announcing the Spring 2020 Special Issue of The Riot!​

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!

As we started to stay at home and isolate, the UCEDD,the Cross Disability Lifespan Alliance and other organizations began hearing from members of the disability community who wanted to connect with each other, to share experiences and maybe just have some fun!!  After surveying the Alliance membership, the attached Covid Connections Calendar was developed for May 2020.
The Calendar provides an opportunity for both informal and formal conversation There is also a cooking class, a sign language class and meditation. Here are a few things to know:


  1. Registration  - You do not need to preregister unless you need a sign language interpreter. Please contact Daria Smith at if you need a sign language interpreter.


  1. Connecting to Zoom – Here is the link to use for the Covid Connections events.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 751 181 4142
Password: 597309
Dial by your location
        +1 929 436 2866 US (New York)
        +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
        +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
        +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
Meeting ID: 751 181 4142
Password: 597309
Find your local number:


​If you have ideas for or would like to facilitate Covid Connection Events, please let us know.  We welcome ideas and help!!


*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

Title III Coronavirus FAQs: Tips for Addressing Common ADA Title III Issues During the COVID-19 Pandemic - Ogletree Deakins

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

EEOC Webinar on COVID-19, Employment, the ADA, GINA and the Rehabilitation Act (- Transcript -) - JDSUPRA

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

ICI's COVID-19 Publications and Resources

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.

COVID-19 Facts for People with Disabilities to Information Sheet for Self Advocates

Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies

COVID-19 Information By and For People with Disabilities (English)

COVID-19 Information By and For People with Disabilities (Spanish)

State of Connecticut Department of Developmental Services - COVID-19 Updates for DDS Providers - Sign Language Resource

COVID-19 Communication Rights Toolkit

COVID 19 and People with Down Syndrome

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).

Things to do During COVID-19 - For the Disability Community, or Anyone!

The Arc COVID-19 Resource Page

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.

Mental Health and COVID-19 Resources

Q&A for families and others about COVID-19 and persons of all ages with Down syndrome.

Safety Tips Videos from Self-Advocates ▼

How to Join a Zoom Meeting, Instructions in Plain Language

Information Form for you to Give to Health Care Providers

Why is my life different because of COVID 19 - A Social Narrative - Large Print

Resources for First Responders to Assist People with Disabilities