UPDATES AND RESOURCES
Investigations and Monitoring (I&M) Update: DRNC’s I&M Team is leading DRNC’s efforts to ensure that people with disabilities who live in facilities stay safe and their rights are protected during the COVID-19 crisis. We are using phone, email and video calls to connect with service providers and people with disabilities in facilities. We are focusing especially on facilities with reported cases of COVID-19. The safety of all involved is important to us! We hope that the community will reach out to us with concerns. Please contact us if you live, work, or have a loved one in a facility, and see or experience problems related to COVID-19.
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COVID-19 RESOURCES: Information for people with disabilities and/or who are high-risk: https://nccdd.org/news-media/blog/51-health/931-covid-19-resources-for-people-with-disabilities.html https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/public-health/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-response-north-carolina/people-higher-risk ________ Information about the novel coronavirus and long-term care facilities: https://theconsumervoice.org/issues/other-issues-and-resources/covid-19 ________ Resources to help with anxiety: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/coping.html https://www.samhsa.gov/disaster-preparedness ________ NC Division of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing: With many questions surrounding the Coronavirus, or COVID-19, the Division of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing has provided two informational videos that are ASL/captioned. What’s COVID-19: https://youtu.be/ZvzDRwARoYg Self-care during COVID-19 outbreak: https://youtu.be/ooBRqfZjKhQ ________ Education Resources
DRNC’s education team compiled a list of resources for supporting students with disabilities in distance learning.
For concerns about your child’s rights, contact our intake team by using our online intake form or call toll free (within NC): 1-877-235-4210.
March 18 –
Governor Roy Cooper announced NC 2-1-1 by United Way of North Carolina as a resource for people to call for assistance related to the COVID-19 coronavirus.
North Carolinians can text COVIDNC to 898211 to receive general information and updates about COVID-19. Sign up now to get regular alerts on the rapidly evolving situation and North Carolina’s response.
NC 2-1-1 can refer callers to the organizations in their local community best equipped to address their specific health and human services needs including food, shelter, energy assistance, housing, parenting resources, health care, employment, substance abuse treatment, as well as specific resources for older adults and for persons with disabilities, and much more. Simply dial 2-1-1 or TTY 888-892-1162 for assistance.
DRNC is very concerned about the rights of people with disabilities during the COVID-19 outbreak. We are here to ensure and protect the health, safety and legal rights of people with disabilities. Contact us if you need help protecting your rights.
WRAL is providing updates specific to NC. The governor’s most recent announcement includes information about unemployment benefits and closures in NC: https://www.wral.com/live-nc-coronavirus-updates/19015560/
New guidance from the CDC recommends avoiding groups of 10 or more: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/index.html
March 14 –
Disability Rights North Carolina (DRNC) is moving to temporary virtual office status and implementing a social distancing policy, to do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our clients and communities healthy. This means that our staff will remain hard at work advocating for people with disabilities, but will not be reporting to the office, and will attend most or all meetings by videoconference or telephone. Our virtual office will be in effect from March 16-27, after which we will decide if we need to continue the policy.
DRNC’s phone line will be open during regular business hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. Our staff will persist in providing client services and responding to calls and emails during this time. We are committed to continuing our vigorous efforts to advance DRNC’s critical mission and our important work advocating with and for our clients. We hope you will join us in taking care to keep yourselves and others safe, and in recognizing that many people will be in need of assistance during this difficult time.
The Our Voices Tour 2020 events scheduled for Greenville (March 20) and Wilmington (March 24) have been suspended due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) concerns.
In light of recommendations regarding large gatherings issued by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, DRNC has decided to postpone our disability advocacy conference previously scheduled for April 30. We want to do our part to keep the community safe and stop the spread of this disease. We are coordinating with the venue and keynote speaker Judith Heumann, and will announce a new date soon.