COVID-19 Resources for People with Disabilities

Information and resources specific to COVID-19 and the disability community.

The Office on the Disabled has assembled a resource guide to assist individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic. This resource page is focused on people with disabilities and caregivers.

Individuals with disabilities who may need accommodations to access city programs should make a request to the Office on the Disabled at 314-622-3686. 
 
If you are currently experiencing respiratory distress, chest pain, or think you're having a life-threatening emergency, please call 911 or go to your local emergency room

City of St. Louis Department of Health 
314-657-1499
Available 7 days a week, 8am-10pm

MO Department of Health & Senior Services
877-435-8411
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

General

Administration for Community Living

The Administration for Community Living was created around the fundamental principle that older adults and people of all ages with disabilities should be able to live where they choose, with the people they choose, and with the ability to participate fully in their communities.

Administration for Community Living

Caregiver Action Network

Information about COVID-19 and caring for a family member.

Caregiver Action Network

Patient Provider Communication

The Patient-Provider Communication Forum, with the support of the United States Society of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (USSAAC), is providing a FREE bank of communication supports to patients and their health care workers during this unprecedented time of need.
Patient Provider Communication

Medicaid

This page includes links for Medicaid and CHIP to include information about waivers, flexibilities, fact sheets, etc.

Medicaid

AAPD

This is a memo from the American Association for People with Disabilities that provides information about “Ensuring People with Disabilities Can Access Prescription Drugs During the Current Crisis.” 

AAPD

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

The EEO laws, including the ADA and Rehabilitation Act, continue to apply during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, but they do not interfere with or prevent employers from following the guidelines and suggestions made by the CDC or state/local public health authorities about steps employers should take regarding COVID-19. Employers should remember that guidance from public health authorities is likely to change as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves. Therefore, employers should continue to follow the most current information on maintaining workplace safety.

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

National Council on Independent Living

NCIL advances independent living and the rights of people with disabilities. NCIL envisions a world in which people with disabilities are valued equally and participate fully.

National Council on Independent Living

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

This interim guidance is for public health professionals managing the home care and isolation of people with COVID-19 who have pets or other animals (including service or working animals) in the same home. The intent of this guidance is to facilitate preparedness and establish practices that can help people and animals stay safe and healthy.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Great Plains ADA Center

Resources related to disability and ADA issues.

Great Plains ADA Center

 

Blind or Visually Impaired

Freedom Scientific

Freedom Scientific is providing free screen reader software (JAWS, ZoomText, Fusion) for home use until June 30th, 2020.

Freedom Scientific

The National Homework Hotline for Blind/Visually Impaired Students

Provides a free service for blind or visually impaired K-12 and college students in the United States who are experiencing school closures due to COVID-19.

The National Homework Hotline for Blind/Visually Impaired Students

American Council of the Blind

The American Council of the Blind is closely monitoring information about the COVID-19  virus and its impact. Included in this link are multiple resources for the blind and visually impaired community.

Ameican Council of the Blind

Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Information on Covid-19 for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, including interpreted press briefings from local leaders.

Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Deaf/Hard of Hearing Technology Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center

Information on how Deaf and hard of hearing individuals can communicate at the hospital during Covid-19.

Deaf/Hard of Hearing Technology Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center

Convo

A collection of American Sign Language-centric information on COVID-19 and on-line resources such as mental health services, ways to learn ASL, enjoy ASL storytelling, on-line seminars, and workouts to support you during this time.

Convo

American Society for Deaf Children

Here are some resources from trusted sources, both in English and ASL, to help you get the information you need to have open, informative, and comforting conversations with your child about Covid-19.

American Society for Deaf Children

Centers for Disease Control YouTube Channel

Provides informational videos from the CDC regarding COVID-19 in American Sign Language.

Centers for Disease Control YouTube Channel

Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health

Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council

COVID-19 information for individuals with developmental disabilities can be found here, including simple language describing what’s going on, what people and families can do, and why it’s important, under the heading, Accessible Tools and Resources for Advocates and Families.

Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council

Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare

Mental Health Resources, including online resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare

Emory University Goizueta Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center

Information specific for caregivers of people with Alzheimer's disease and COVID-19.

Emory University Goizueta Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center

National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI is offering online mental health support groups

National Alliance on Mental Illness

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Suggestions for protecting your mental health during the Covid-19 pandemic.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Missouri Department of Mental Health

The toll-free Disaster Distress Helpline can provide immediate counseling to anyone who needs help dealing with the aftermath of a traumatic incident. This is a free, confidential, and multilingual crisis support service.

Missouri Department of Mental Health

Missouri Department of Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities

Division of Developmental Disabilities COVID-19 information.

Missouri Department of Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities

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