NACDD & ITACC COVID-19 Report NACDD and (ITACC) have partnered with various state councils around the country to create a report to describe how they have responded during COVID-19, as well as its challenges and initiatives. The report is intended to be useful to individual Councils with regards to the COVID-19 pandemic and to support preparation and response to future health crises and natural disasters. To view the report, click here.
Updated Regularly: Tracking U.S. coronavirus deaths and reported cases by state (The Washington Post)
Disability-focused Information: The Administration for Community Living COVID-19 page has put together a list of disability-related COVID-19 information and resources. It is updated regularly.
Multilingual Information: The New Hampshire UCEDD COVID-19 page has a bank of multilingual resources and language access contact information.
Plain-Language Information: The Green Mountain Self-Advocates and the Vermont DD Council have a plain-language guide to COVID-19 set at a 3rd-grade reading level. The California DD Council created a Spanish-language version as well.
Further plain language materials about how the coronavirus impacts education (i.e. IDEA) can be found on the California DD Council’s website in English and Spanish.
General Information: The CDC COVID-19 page is the most reliable source of general information about the virus. It is updated regularly. Some highlighted CDC pages are below:
- People at risk for serious illness
- Steps to prevent illness
- What to do if you are sick
- Community mitigation strategies
- What to do in long-term care facilities
Questions for State/Federal Governments: A group of U.S. Senators wrote three letters on accessibility, HCBS, and nursing homes that list out questions that should be asked of government agencies to ensure they take effective action against the pandemic.
Medicaid: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have a list of Frequently Asked Questions and other resources about Medicaid and CHIP programs.
Communication Rights: The organization Communication First has a created a toolkit to ensure that you can successfully advocate for your right to communication supports. These rights do not go away in an emergency!
Taking Care of Your Mental Health: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has a guidance on dealing with the anxiety and stress of social distancing. For ideas on what you can do while you are at home, check out the DC DD Council’s general list of at-home activities, or contact your state/territory DD Council to see what’s happening in your area.
State Orders: To see what executive orders your state has announced about COVID, the Council of State Governments has created an EO directory.
Direct Support Professionals: The National Association of Direct Support Professionals has been creating many resources and webinars in response to the many issues COVID is causing for the DSP workforce, including this toolkit for onboarding new DSPs and