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. acl.gov/dial | 888-677-1199 from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM ET | DIAL@n4a.org
Florida Center for Inclusive Communities – Plain Language Fact Sheets
- What I should know about Covid-19! [English] | [Spanish]
- What I should know about Vaccines! [English] | [Spanish]
- COVID-19 Information by and for People with Disabilities English - Spanish
- COVID-19 Vaccine Information in Plain Language
Source: Self Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center - SARTAC
Source: Tech Owl - Institute on Disability at Temple University
- Preparing Individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities for Medical Treatment at Hospitals
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
- A clearly written Coronavirus Fact Sheet now in 33 languages:
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
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
Emergency 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'
- Be Red Cross Ready: Get a Kit, Make a Plan, Be Informed interactive module includes picture, audio, and video content.
- Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs
Make these items a part of your emergency kit:
- Emergency Plan Templates
- Vial of Life Templates
- Hurricane Preparedness Kits for Individuals with Autism: Suggested Items
Learn how to secure your property before a disaster and recover afterwards:
This is a guide on preparing and setting up shelters and educating staff & volunteers.
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.
- Florida's Network of Shelters
- Disaster Preparedness Maps. Florida Division of Emergency Management webpage providing maps of evacuation routes and zones, storm surge zones, as well as storm surge atlases.
COVID-19 Information By and For People with Disabilities
General Emergency Preparedness Links
- Administration for Community Living
- American Red Cross
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
- FEMA Office of Disability Integration & Coordination
- Florida Division of Emergency Management Tips for People with Disabilities
Resources for Community Members and Professionals
- An ADA Guide for Local Governments
- Emergency Checklist
- Public Health Emergency: Natural Disasters
- National Association of School Psychologists Crisis Resources
- The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) Disaster Response Tools and Resources
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA): Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Resources
Resources for Kids