Community Living during COVID-19
COVID-19 poses specific challenges to people with disabilities living in the community, whether they live independently, or with family or caregivers. Many people with disabilities rely on the support of others to live independently in their community. Social distancing from friends and family, staffing changes, and changes in available services might make it very difficult for you to receive the supports you need.
Contact us if you (or a loved one) are living in the community and have concerns about the following issues:
- Your in-home assistance staffing changes or is not available.
- Your staffing has been impacted by COVID-19 and your needs are not being met.
- Your staff is not careful with personal hygiene (washing hands often, staying 6-feet away when possible, wearing protective gear to stop spread of infection).
- You can’t get your medications.
- You don’t have access to food or supplies you need.
Sample letters – Accommodations at work during COVID-19
COVID-19 and Waiver Services – Have your home or community-based services changed? Do you have new needs because of the COVID-19 pandemic? Appendix K may help.
Plain language information on COVID-19: This 8-page booklet was created by people with developmental disabilities to help you self-advocate.
National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) created a new video series about disability rights issues related to COVID-19 – Find out what your rights are and what to do if they are violated:
- Transportation Rights
- Housing Rights
- Healthcare Rights: The Effects of COVID-19 on the African American Community
- Domestic Violence: The Right to be Safe at Home
Stimulus Checks if you have Medicaid or Home and Community Based-Services – The money you are issued belongs to you. This is true even if the Medicaid pays for your care.