If you have a disability or are a family member, parent, or caregiver of a child or adult with a disability, we have gathered a collection of COVID-19 resources and information that you may find helpful. Check back as we will be adding new information on a regular basis.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC is your best resource for up-to-date information on the coronavirus. Go to the CDC Coronavirus Website frequently to check for updates.
Are people with disabilities at higher risk?
According to the CDC's Frequently Asked Questions page:
Most people with disabilities are not inherently at higher risk for becoming infected with or having severe illness from COVID-19. Some people with physical limitations or other disabilities might be at a higher risk of infection because of their underlying medical condition.
People with certain disabilities might experience higher rates of chronic health conditions that put them at higher risk of serious illness and poorer outcomes from COVID-19.
--Adults with disabilities are three times more likely to have heart disease, stroke, diabetes, or cancer than adults without disabilities.
You should talk with your healthcare provider if you have a question about your health or how your health condition is being managed.
-- What do Older Adults and People with Disabilities Need to Know (Administration on Community Living)
Virginia Department of Health (VDH)
-- VDH Coronavirus Information Hotline: 877-ASK-VDH3 (877-275-8343)
-- Find Your Local Health Department - Local health departments are establishing COVID-19 HOTLINES, so use the local number when calling about your questions and concerns.
Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services
-- DARS COVID-19 Response & Resources - DARS main phone line is available Monday-Friday 8am-5pm (804) 662-7000.
2-1-1 Virginia provides access to services in communities throughout Virginia, and now it can be used as an additional coronavirus resource.
Virginia Medicaid - Virginia Medicaid is Taking Action to Fight COVID-19
The Arc of Virginia - Questions and Answers for Individuals and Families
Disability Resources, Videos, Print Materials
-- ASL COVID-19 Videos (CDC has provided 5 videos in American Sign Language on various COVID-19 topics of interest)
-- Center for Family Involvement (Explore COVID-19 related information for families on CFI's social media)
-- Coronavirus Information & Resources (From Family Voices for children and youth with special health care needs)
-- Coronavirus Prevention (Flyer from the NJ Self-Advocacy Project)
-- Coronavirus: Response & Resources (Autism Society )
-- Coronavirus: Staying Healthy Together (Easterseals information including resources for children)
My Clean Hands (Easterseals Central Illinois)
My Coronavirus Story (Easterseals and Illinois Autism Partnership)
-- Coronavirus: What Is It and What Can I Do? (The Arc Maryland and the Maryland DD Council)
-- COVID-19 Video (Oregon Office of Developmental Disabilities Services created this short video that plains COVID-19 in plain language)
-- Self-Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center (SARTAC) put together these easy-to-read COVID-19 booklets written by and for people with developmental disabilities.