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
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
-- 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
-- For all Governor's Office COVID-19 News Releases, click here. Read the Governor's June 18th Phase Three announcement.
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.
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)
-- NEW Virginia's Disaster Relief 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.
State Corporation Commission SCC extends utility disconnection ban to August 31
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.
⇒ 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)
-- 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 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)