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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

The Disability Community Must Once Again Show #WeAreEssential

After being all but ignored in the first three legislative packages that Congress has passed to address the COVID-19 pandemic, the disability community must rise…

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#NoBodyIsDisposable Campaign Against Discrimination in Triage

WHO WE ARE We are people targeted by triage plans during the COVID-19 pandemic — people with disabilities, fat people, old people, people with HIV/AIDS…

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COVID-19 Disability Community Organizing Call – Monday April 6 3:00 pm ET

The coronavirus pandemic and the response to it significantly impact the disability community and our allies. So far, the policies passed and implemented largely leave us…

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Issues

Protect IDEA under COVID

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is under imminent threat as the US responds to the COVID epidemic A provision in the Coronavirus Aid,…

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Resources and References

US Department of Education Office of Civil Rights Coronavirus Statement

Dear Education Leader: I write to request your careful attention to recent challenges that have been reported in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19). There has…

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Preventing Discrimination in the Treatment of COVID-19 Patients: The Illegality of Medical Rationing on the Basis of Disability

As the COVID-19 crisis amplifies in the United States, the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (“DREDF”) reminds lawmakers and providers of health care, education,…

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Know Your Disability Healthcare Rights

Print and Carry or Download to your Phone In the current COVID-19 health crisis, people with disabilities are at double risk. The virus itself hits…

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