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Covid-19 Actions, Issues, and Resources for the Disability Community

The disability community is at high risk from COVID-19. Inclusion for healthcare is a matter of life and death. We are pulling together as many resources as we can and actions that you can take to help ensure that all kids and all adults with disabilities are protected.

COVID-19 has impacted the lives of all of us. The virus poses a risk to everyone’s health, and is proving to be especially dangerous for people with certain types of disabilities and chronic health conditions as well as older adults. The pandemic has disrupted our lives and changed the way that we go to school, work, socialize, and more.

Government and private sector responses may also pose additional harm to disabled people if discrimination based on disability results in the denial of healthcare. And, there is a very real possibility that the spread of COVID-19 will result in a drastic reduction of personal assistants available to provide support to disabled people who rely on their assistance with activities of daily living.

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Actions

Paid Medical Leave for All During COVID-19

Right now, Congress is working to put together a new bill package to support our country’s economy and people during the COVID-19 crisis. People with…

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California needs a Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Legislative Task Force

Sign the petition to create a Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Legislative Taskforce.

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#MyIDEAmatters

Later this month, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos will submit a report to Congress on her recommended waivers of states’ and districts’ obligations under…

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Issues

Jobs and Workplace Issues

Workplace Issues Subminimum Wage under construction

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Proposed Independent Living Changes in the President’s Budget

Earlier this week, the President released his 2021 Budget. The budget includes a $7.5 million cut to Part B funding. It also includes a $5 million…

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Disability with Dignity – moving to collective insurance funding model

Disability can touch anyone. The current disability funding model is based on pity, not belief in the value that disabled people provide to society. We…

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Resources and References

First Responder Emergency Communication Tools for People with Disabilities

Communication is critical during emergencies and it is important for all people, including people who do not use verbal communication, to be able to communicate…

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California Special Education Resources related to COVID

The El Dorado SELPA supports many of the charter schools in California and put together an integrated resource on special education including information from the…

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Educating All Learners Resource Library

The Educating All Learners alliance has launched a resource site bringing together curated resources for to help with distance learning during the COVID pandemic. It…

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