Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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On March 11, 2020 the World Health Organization officially called the outbreak of COVID-19 a pandemic. Pandemics occur when a new infectious disease emerges that can spread very rapidly across the world.

Below are specific resources about COVID-19 for people with disabilities, along with general resources. We will update this list periodically to help keep you better informed.


The Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL) gives information about how to access the COVID-19 vaccine for people with disabilities. DIAL connects callers to vaccine sites and provides information related to barriers to vaccination by referring callers to local and national disability resources. | 888-677-1199 from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM ET |

Florida Center for Inclusive Communities – Plain Language Fact Sheets

General Information:

Source: Self Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center - SARTAC

Source: Tech Owl - Institute on Disability at Temple University

Source: Source: Ballan, M. & Perri, C. (2020). COVID-19 Disability Form. Stony Brook, NY.

Source: The Center for Dignity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities

Multi-Language Resources:

Source: Hesperian Health Guides

Source: Centers for Disease Control

Videos/Social Stories for People with Autism:

Source: CARD-USF, FCIC, University of South Florida

Source: University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University CARD

Source: Center for Dignity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities

Parents/Caregivers/Direct Support Professionals/Health Care Professionals:

Source: National Association of School Psychologists (multiple languages)

Source: National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations

Source: National Association of Direct Support Professionals

Source: American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry

Source: Forbes

Q&A Employment, ADA, and COVID-19:

Source: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

Financial Information and Resources:

Source: The Financial Resilience Center – National Disability Institute

Research on Impact of COVID-19 in People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities:

Source: American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Agency for Persons with Disabilities

Florida Department of Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  

Administration on Community Living

Hurricane Preparedness

Woman standing in front of burned out house and holding her head with both handsEmergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Hurricanes are among nature's most powerful and destructive forces. Updates regarding weather conditions are available from the National Weather Service. NWS - on average, 12 tropical storms, 6 of which become hurricanes form over the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, or Gulf of Mexico during the hurricane season which runs from June 1 to November 30 each year. Hurricane season – when conditions are most favorable for the formation of hurricanes runs from June 1 to November 30 each year.

Be vigilant and alert to local weather and news at National Weather Service and or NOAA Weather Radio In addition, the Florida Division of Emergency Management website has a section of resources and information specifically tailored for people with disabilities/special needs and their families to help prepare for emergencies, protect themselves and be survivors.  For a complete list of emergency management offices and contacts by County.  View individual Florida rules for Special Needs Shelter.


Emergency Supplies and Planning

American Red Cross helps you to 'Be Red Cross Ready'

Make these items a part of your emergency kit:

Learn how to secure your property before a disaster and recover afterwards:

Evacuation Planning

Hurricane Preparedness for Individuals with Autism

This is a guide on preparing and setting up shelters and educating staff & volunteers.

Get a Plan!

Florida Division of Emergency Management Family Disaster Planning website helps you create your family disaster plan as well as find emergency contacts, evacuation routes and more in your county.

Weather Forecast

Other Useful Links

COVID-19 Information By and For People with Disabilities

General Emergency Preparedness Links

Resources for Community Members and Professionals

Resources for Kids

Program Areas


Community Supports

Early Childhood




Interdisciplinary Training

Public Policy