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.
City of St. Louis Department of Health
Available 7 days a week, 8am-10pm
MO Department of Health & Senior Services
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
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.
Caregiver Action Network
Information about COVID-19 and caring for a family member.
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
This page includes links for Medicaid and CHIP to include information about waivers, flexibilities, fact sheets, etc.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Great Plains ADA Center
Resources related to disability and ADA issues.
Blind or Visually Impaired
Freedom Scientific is providing free screen reader software (JAWS, ZoomText, Fusion) for home use until June 30th, 2020.
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.
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.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind Missourians
Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH) is now accepting requests for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and DeafBlind Missourians and professionals that serve them. Funding for this project was obtained from the CARES Act by the State of Missouri.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Centers for Disease Control YouTube Channel
Provides informational videos from the CDC regarding COVID-19 in American Sign Language.
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 Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare
Mental Health Resources, including online resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Emory University Goizueta Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center
Information specific for caregivers of people with Alzheimer's disease and COVID-19.
National Alliance on Mental Illness
NAMI is offering online mental health support groups
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Suggestions for protecting your mental health during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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/Developmental Disabilities
Division of Developmental Disabilities COVID-19 information.