COVID-19 Resources and Information for the Disability Community

For Healthcare and Direct Support Professionals:

National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP)

The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) has put together a free toolkit of webinars and resources for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) who are on the front lines.


The Center for Dignity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities:

Fact Sheet – for health care professionals to safeguard against disability discrimination during COVID -19. The fact sheet is based on guidance from the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights.



Safeguard Against Disability  Discrimination During COVID-19

Including individuals with disabilities in the COVID-19 response to ensure equitable care


  • Inform key medical personnel immediately that individuals with disabilities have equal rights to COVID-19 testing and treatment. 
  • Make equitable decisions to ensure that allocation of COVID-19 resources, supplies, and care are not based on inaccurate assumptions about life with a disability. 
  • Provide accommodations to make sure all individuals can access COVID-19 testing and treatment.  This requirement includes accommodations for behavioral, intellectual, or physical disabilities that may impact someone’s ability to comply during testing and treatment.


  • When communicating with individuals with disabilities: 
  • Talk directly to them. 
  • Ask permission before speaking with their caregivers, if possible. 
  • Ask the caregiver for assistance if you need help communicating with a patient. 
  • Use plain language to tell individuals and caregivers about COVID-19 test results and anticipated procedures. 
  • Keep in mind that you may have difficulty understanding the patient, however, in most cases they understand you.
  • Make these accommodations: 
  • Allow a caregiver to go with a patient to ensure adequate support for decisionmaking and treatment.
  • Provide ramps and rooms with enough access for a wheelchair.
  • Provide qualified interpreter services for the deaf or hard of hearing.
  • Use prompts, such as picture cues, for those with limited use of verbal communication.
  • Provide the time needed for individuals to speak, respond, and understand.


This information is based on guidance from the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights.  For more information, visit and

For People with Disabilities:

 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

People with disabilities and COVID-19

Some people with disabilities might be at a higher risk of infection or severe illness because of their underlying medical conditions.


For people at higher risk for serious illness  - Information about stress and coping relevant to people with disabilities


National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices

The Q&A has two versions, one a brief series of content answers, and another longer version covering numerous questions that have arisen.  The Q&A is directed toward families and others concerned with impact of COVID-19 upon persons of all ages with Down syndrome.


National Down Syndrome Society


Let's Talk About the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Video (3.5 min)

The video uses a drawn Whiteboard technique to tell a social narrative. It was developed by the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UM-NSU CARD).


The Arc COVID-19 Resource Page


CDC American Sign Language COVID-19 Informational Videos

Eleven videos, created by the CDC, featuring a certified Deaf interpreter deal with managing COVID-19 at home, symptoms of the virus, prevention tips, risk factors, and what older adults need to know about COVID-19. Videos include closed captions.


Mental Health and COVID-19 resources:


How to Stay Healthy from COVID-19 (plain language):

How to Stay Healthy from COVID-19

  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds 
  • Cover yourmouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Use tissues and throw themaway
  • Clean items around you like doorknobs, tables, and phones
  • If you have plans to travel, think about taking your trip after this crisis is over
  • Stay home if you are feeling sick
  • Stay home if you have family members who are sick
  • Call before visiting your doctor

Cómo Mantenerse Saludable de COVID-19 (Lenguaje sencillo):

Cómo Mantenerse Saludable de COVID-19

  • Lave sus manos por 20 segundos
  • Cubra su boca con un pañuelo desechable o manga cuando tosa o estornude
  • Evite tocarse la cara
  • Use pañuelos desechables y tírelos
  • Limpie las cosas a su alrededor, como la manecilla de las puertas, mesas, y teléfonos
  • Si tiene planes de viajar, piense en hacer su viaje después de que termine esta crisis
  • Quédese en casa si se está sintiendo enfermo
  • Quédese en casa si tiene familiares que están enfermos
  • Llame a su médico antes de una visitamedica