Covid-19 Resources for People with Disabilities

Covid-19 Resources for People with Disabilities

COVID-19 resources for people with disabilities

Public information does not always take people with disabilities in mind. All too often, government entities do not distribute information in a way that can be easily accessed and understood. But even during this pandemic, people with disabilities struggled to get vital information. Where are the Covid-19 Resources for People with Disabilities?

Can people using assistive technology easily interpret distributions and other handouts? Is critical health information written in an easy to understand language? Can people with vision or mobility limitations effectively navigate the informational websites? Are news conferences and videos shown with ASL and closed captions?

So, RPCV Health Crusade rolled up our sleeves again and dug across cyberspace. It was not easy. We had to dig deep. We mainly focused on national resources to benefit the most people. But when we come across local or state level resources, we included them as well. Here is what we have collected. As usual, this is an effort from a group of volunteer RPCVs. You should always confirm any and all information before relying on it.

If you need direct help, contact the trained staff at the Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL). They can be reached by email or by phone at 888-677-1199 on Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Eastern).

Covid-19 At-Home Tests for the Blind and Low Vision

The Biden-Harris Administration expanded efforts for audible Covid-19 home tests to work with a Blue-tooth enabled smartphone and app. The free phone app provides audible instructions and test results. However, you must download the app from the Apple or Google stores and not directly from a government source so there could be privacy concerns. As usual, do the research before downloading anything onto your devices.

Supplies are limited so please only request the accessible Covid-19 tests if you are not able to use the standard tests.

Order the audible Covid-19 tests online or by calling 1-800-232-0233.

Where are All the Other Resources?

We know there must be more resources. At least we hope there are. Can you help us find more Covid-19 resources for people with disabilities? There is a direct correlation between health and disabilities. Can RPCVs become leaders in bridging this significant gap?

Share your links to national or local covid-19 resources for people with disabilities.

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