The following tips were provided by The OSU Nisonger Center’s Rehabilitation and Research Training Center’s Disability Experience Expert Panel, Healthy Community Living Partners, Blindness Perspective, Hartgen Consultancy, Sorenson, ILRU, Atlantis, ABLE, SARTAC, Ability 360, GRAIL, SKIL, Access 2 Independence, and more. Thank you to all who are gathering this information.
Advocacy During COVID-19
Civil Rights, HIPAA, and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Office for Civil Rights
OCR has released a “fact sheet” regarding the application of Section 504 and the ADA to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 impact on public school students with disabilities:
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Administration on Community Living (ACL)
Current resources and guidance found at www.ACL.gov/COVID-19. This page is intended to make it easier for the aging and disability networks to find the information they need most. In most cases, you will find links to the definitive source for information, in order to ensure that our networks are accessing the most up-to-the-minute information. Please note that program officers will not be providing health related information, other than to refer to these resources.
American Sign Language (ASL) videos created by the Center from Disease Control and Prevention
Current COVID-19 information can be found at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
CMS is taking action to protect the health and safety of our nation’s patients and providers in the wake of the 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
CMS has released a Virtual Toolkit to help you stay up-to-date on CMS materials available on COVID-19.
This guidance, and earlier CMS actions in response to the COVID-19 virus, are part of the ongoing White House Task Force efforts. To keep up with the important work the Task Force is doing in response to COVID-19 click here Coronavirus.gov. For information specific to CMS, please visit the Current Emergencies Website
CIL CARES Act FAQs
Resource Page from the Independent Living Field
Partnership Disaster Hotline
The Partnership’s Disaster Hotline provides information, referrals, guidance, technical assistance and resources to people with disabilities, their families, allies, organizations assisting disaster impacted individuals with disabilities and others seeking assistance with immediate and urgent disaster related needs.
Plan Language information on COVID-19
This 8-page booklet about the Coronavirus is written in plain language. It was created by and for people with developmental disabilities.
Resources for Independent Living Programs Working Remotely Online
APRIL and Ability 360 came up with a Tip sheet on moving groups online
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Access Resources
When working with deaf people as co-workers, board members, partners, consumers, or more ensuring accessibility is needed if requested. Remember to always ask the deaf or hard of hearing person what they prefer in accommodations. Do not assume that CART or an interpreter is the preferred method. During this new remote working location know that there are options to ensure accessibility. Here are a few of the technologies that can be used.
Tips for Microsoft Teams
Tips for using the Zoom Platforms
Resources from IL Across the Country
Example of consumer surveys or questions for check-in.
Example of consumer questionnaire for check-in.
Tips to prepare self-directing consumers
Authorization of Telecommunications
Recreation and Activities you can do during social distancing
Rural Conversation Series on COVID-19:
Video series are listed below.