On February 16, 2021, Virginia launched a NEW Statewide COVID-19 Pre-Registration System at https://vaccinate.virginia.gov -- Verify your registration or sign up for vaccination at https://vaccinate.virginia.gov/preregister. Based on the availability of the vaccine and your eligibility, you will be contacted by phone, text, or email to schedule an appointment.
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.
Information from CDC for People with Disabilities
COVID-19 One-Stop Shop Toolkits (Videos, Social Media, PSAs, Print Resources, Checklists, FAQs, and Web Resources)
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.
⇒ National Resources
-- Discharge Planning and Care Coordination during the COVID-19 Pandemic (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)
-- What do Older Adults and People with Disabilities Need to Know (Administration on Community Living)
-- Mental Health and COVID-19 (Mental Health America)
-- FAQs by Guardians About the COVID-19 Pandemic (National Guardianship Association)
-- Financial Resilience Center - Financial Health During COVID-19 (National Disability Institute)
-- Psychological First Aid: Supporting Yourself and Others During COVID-19 Online Course (American Red Cross)
-- Resources for People with Disabilities on COVID-19 (American Association on Health and Disability)
⇒ Virginia Resources
Virginia's Governor Northam
Virginia Department of Health (VDH)
-- VDH Coronavirus Information Hotline: 877-ASK-VDH3 (877-275-8343)
-- COVID-19 & You - A more interactive and personalized experience, including information on testing, prevention tips, COVID-19 and the workplace, travel, Phase One reopening, and resources.
-- COVIDCHECK - If you are feeling sick or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, use COVIDCHECK to check your symptoms, find a test, and get answers.
-- 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.
-- UPDATED COVID-19: How to Notify Your Contacts if you have coronavirus.
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.
Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS)
-- Virginia COPES COVID-19 Warm Line is available to support those struggling with distress, grief, or trauma caused by COVID-19. Trained listeners provide warm line support and referral to Virginians impacted by COVID-19. Call Toll Free: (877) 349-6428; 9am-9pm Monday through Friday and 5pm-9pm Saturday and Sunday.
-- Find your local Community Services Board (CSB) for resources and services.
Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS)
-- COVID-19 Virginia Resources from VDH and VDSS including energy assistance, help with food, health insurance, child care, paying bills, and more.
State Corporation Commission SCC Updates on Utility Moratoriums
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 - find out your Medicaid eligibility during COVID-19
The Arc of Virginia - Coronavirus Information & Resources, including ways to stay healthy, disability service information, video resources.
PEATC - PEATC'S Back to School Planning Guide for Students with IEPs (2020-2021 School Year)
⇒ Disability Websites, Resources, Print Materials, and Videos
Websites, Resources, Print Materials
-- Coronavirus Information & Resources (From Family Voices for children and youth with special health care needs)
-- Coronavirus Prevention (Flyer from the NJ Self-Advocacy Project)
-- NEW COVID-19 Accessible Resources (Georgia Tech: Center for Inclusive Design)
-- COVID-19 Toolkit (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 Fact Sheet for Grandfamilies and Multigenerational Families (Generations United)
-- COVID-19 Resources for Families (Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center/PEATC)
-- 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.
-- Down Syndrome Coronavirus Fact Sheet (National Down Syndrome Society)
-- AAHD Video Series on COVID-19 & Disability
-- ASL COVID-19 Videos (CDC has provided 5 videos in American Sign Language on various COVID-19 topics of interest)
-- COVID-19 Video (Oregon Office of Developmental Disabilities Services created this short video that plains COVID-19 in plain language)
-- NEW Mental Health Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic for young adults and students (Active Minds)
-- NEW Telehealth and You (4 Video Modules for adults with I/DD developed by the OHSU University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities)