COVID-19 Disability Resources
RI Member Resources
Resources by Country – Africa
Ministry of Communications and Information Technology’s technical centre for services for persons with disabilities launched the “Wasel” mobile app to allow people with hearing disabilities access to COVID-19 information.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Malawi donated COVID-19 information booklets in Braille.
Ministry of Solidarity and Social Development – Protection of persons with disabilities – COVID-19 Website information in Arabic.
COVID-19 Rapid needs assessment of older people
Rwanda National Union of the Deaf – Announcement on Enhanced COVID-19 Prevention Measures released by Office of Prime Minister.
Government of Canada – COVID-19 and people with disabilities page to provide information and advice about the coronavirus pandemic.
British Columbia – COVID-19 support for people with disabilities measures in place to ensure that people on income or disability assistance and low-income seniors do not encounter additional barriers.
White House Coronavirus Task Force – COVID-19 Information facts about the coronavirus, for self-protection and what to do if someone is sick.
EEOC – Pandemic preparedness in the workplace and the ADA technical assistance document providing information about Titles I and V of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act and pandemic planning in the workplace.
Chicago Department of Public Health – Guidance for People at Higher Risk actions to reduce someone’s risk of getting sick with the disease.
Centre for Disease Control – ASL: COVID-19 resources are videos informing people in the ASL community about what is going on with the coronavirus along with what they need to know.
National Association of the Deaf – COVID-19 information – ASL the NAD CEO Howard A. Rosenblum shares news about Coronavirus and other issues related to COVID-19 and the NAD.
Centre for Disease Control – People at risk for series illness videos and link to resources for people at increased risk for severe illness.
Center for Independence of the Disabled New York – Coronavirus information services for New York residents with disabilities, including general COVID-19 information.
National Organization for Rare Diseases – Guidance on prevention and risk for rare community advice from health authorities and their medical team regarding personal health and safety.
The Colorado Cross-Disability Association – The Coronavirus & People with Disabilities information about COVID-19 or the Coronavirus, and what it means for people with disabilities in Colorado.
FDA given its approval to the transparent mask in production and can be purchased online.
CDC – COVID-19 information for people with disabilities.
CDC – How to make your own face mask link to a Youtube video on how to make your own mask.
Johns Hopkins University – Pandemic Map and Data dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) with data from 188 countries/regions.
People with vision disabilities – Database of COVID-19 statistics site with critical COVID-19 statistics available in a text format that is easy to read and understand.
The Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) announced the creation of a Health Care Relief Fund to support Delaware health care providers through the COVID-19 crisis.
A guideline for fighting gender violence during quarantine for persons with disabilities, their families and caregivers, prepared by a local NGO.
Guide for mental health prepared by Special Olympics Chile and the Friends Forever Foundation along with talks through their social media networks.
Chile, for employers (Spanish) – COVID-19 with recommendations for reasonable accommodations in the COVID-19 context.
Mexican Government – COVID-19 Mobile App Mobile app with general health recommendations.
Mexico – Disability COVID-19 Guidelines (Spanish), Recommendations for persons with disabilities during the pandemic and confinement.
Australia Government – Coronavirus App and WhatsApp service to provide information and advice about the coronavirus pandemic.
Australia Government – The Home Medicines Service is available for people in home isolation and for vulnerable patient groups who wish to limit their potential exposure to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the community.
CRE-DH – COVID-19 and persons with disabilities, important message about people with disability and the COVID-19 response.
Tasmanian Government – COVID-19 Disability Information recommendations for people with disabilities, family and carers.
Disability services sector COVID-19 – Read about coronavirus advice, directions and support for the disability sector.
The Australian Human Rights Commission developed the Guidelines on the rights of people with disability in health and disability care during COVID-19 to assist health care, disability services and support workers take a human rights-based approach to decision-making during the pandemic.
“Left out and locked down” – The experiences of persons with disabilities and their families during COVID19.
People with disability: Information about COVID-19.
Community support phone line launched to help during COVID-19.
WHO COVID-19 Bangla Sign Language link to YouTube video with information on BSL.
COVID-19 Sign Language Videos link to article referencing videos from Sichuan Province, with information in sign language.
How to make transparent face mask for sign language interpreter link to YouTube video with information on this topic, in Chinese sign language.
The Recommendations for the Management of Chinese Children With Epilepsy During the COVID-19 Outbreak.
DEPwD – Comprehensive Disability Inclusive Guidelines to States/UTs for protection and safety of persons with Disabilities in light of COVID-19.
India’s Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry launched Kiran, a 24×7 toll-free mental health counselling helpline.
Report – Neglected and Forgotten: Women with disabilities during the COVID crisis in India.
Life in the Times of COVID-19: A Guide for Parents of Children with Disabilities, explains and illustrates the different aspects that a parent/caregiver must take into account while taking care of children with disabilities.
Coronavirus – Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan information in Japanese.
Latest updates on COVID-19 in Tokyo information in Japanese.
JAL and ANA announces new accessibility guidelines for customers with disabilities in response to COVID-19.
Mongolia government, ADB sign projects to improve COVID response and improve its efforts to provide children with disabilities better access to quality education.
COVID-19 Nepali Sign Language link to YouTube video with information on this topic, in Nepalese sign language.
New Zealand Ministry of Health – COVID-19: Information for disabled people information specifically for disabled people and their family and whānau as well as links to accessible formats.
COVID-19 – New Zealand Sign Language videos are provided by Deaf Aotearoa. It summarises key information on the health advice for the general public page.
EDF: COVID-19 and the disability movement a comprehensive update of the EDF work and the work of its members in advocating for a disability inclusive response.
Inclusion Europe: Easy to read information about Coronavirus in many languages with links to external sites from different countries.
COVID-19 – French Sign Language with several videos.
Greece – NCDP Briefing paper link with information on The National Confederation of Disabled People (NCDP) of Greece about COVID-19.
Netherlands announced €6 million to support “Education Cannot Wait’s” COVID-19 education in emergency response.
Coronavirus Helpline that has been opened to deliver help and information to Scots who are at significant possibility from coronavirus and do not have a assistance network at property.
Nuffield Council on Bioethics: Ethical considerations in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic with review of ethical considerations draws on the findings of a number of in-depth inquiries conducted by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics.
Down Syndrome International: Coronavirus page with the latest information and resources related to people with Down syndrome and COVID-19.
HCD resources for people with intellectual disabilities – YouTube Channel link to article with information on The Higher Council for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (HCD) COVID-19 information YouTube channel, to support people with intellectual disabilities and their families.
Protecting Life Against COVID-19
An interview with Mme. Zhang Haidi, President of Rehabilitation International
Ensuring a Disability-inclusive Response to COVID-19
By RI’s Commission on Technology and Accessibility
Physical Activity and Sport at Home during COVID-19 Epidemic
By RI’s Commission on Leisure, Recreation and Physical Activities
On Relieving Anxiety during the COVID-19 Pandemic
By Prof. Huang Yueqin, Chair of RI’s Commission on Health and Function
COVID-19 and Impact of Lockdown on Women with Disabilities in India
By Shanta Memorial Rehabilitation Centre
Health Protection Guide for Persons with Disabilities during COVID-19 Pandemic
By Dr. Pan Lijun, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Build a Strong Psychological Defense Line among the Public
By Dr. Peng Kaiping, Professor of Tsinghua University
Nobody Left Behind – People with Disabilities, Functioning and Disability during the Coronavirus Epidemic
By Prof. Matilde Leonardi from Italy
Fighting the COVID-19 Virus, the Experiences of Hong Kong SAR
By Hong Kong Joint Council for Persons with Disabilities
How to Help Children with Disabilities Avoid Exposure to COVID-19
By China Rehabilitation Research Center for Hearing and Speech Impairment
Guidelines for Assistive Devices Disinfection during COVID-19 Epidemic
By China Assistive Devices and Technology Center for Persons with Disabilities
Attentive Ears: Help Center Initiative against COVID-19
By Help Center in Saudi Arabia
The Work of Fuhong Society of Macau during COVID-19 Pandemic
By Fuhong Society Macau
United Nations – Preventing discrimination against people with disabilities in COVID-19 response Interview to Lindsay Lee, a WHO Technical Officer who works on issues related to people with disabilities.
United Nations – Mental Health of Persons with Disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic – Joint Statement
United Nations – COVID-19 response website
United Nations – A UN Framework for the immediate socio-economic response to COVID-19, report sets out the UN urgent socio-economic support to countries and societies in the face of COVID-19.
United Nations – Launch of Humanitarian Appeal to keep COVID-19 from circling back around the globe.
UN Secretary-General – COVID-19 and disability page with reports, statements, opinion and communications to the Press and Staff.
Recover Better: Economic and Social Challenges and Opportunities – UN DESA has issued this new volume of essays from the UN High-level Advisory Board on Economic and Social Affairs offers new guidance for rebuilding societies in a fairer, more inclusive way. The compilation, “Recover Better: Economic and Social Challenges and Opportunities” provides outside-the-box thinking and new solutions to some of this era’s most pressing tests. The authors advance ideas on issues that include improving international tax cooperation, more equitable access to digital technological advances, and sustainable natural resource management that complement the broader recommendations of the Secretary-General regarding shared responsibility and global solidarity in responding to the socioeconomic impact of COVID-19.
Responding to COVID-19 and Recovering Better – These policy briefs from UN DESA represent a series that ran from 1 April through June 2020 and aimed to complement and support the UN Secretary-General’s initiatives in response to COVID-19 and provide the detailed analysis and solid evidence needed for effective decision-making at global, regional and national levels. The briefs advised on a number of critical social and economic issues, including designing inclusive stimulus packages, preventing a global debt crisis, supporting countries in special situations, protecting the most vulnerable groups of people, strengthening the role of science, technology and institutions for effective response, and working together to build back better and achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
World Health Organisation (WHO) – Disability considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak
WHO – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Pandemic information about advice for the public, country and technical guidance, timeline of WHO’s response, among other topics.
WHO issues advice on the use of masks for children in the community in the context of COVID-19.
WHO and UNICEF signed a new collaborative framework which will accelerate joint public health efforts that put the most marginalized and vulnerable populations first.
COVID-19 disrupting mental health services in most countries, WHO survey.
UNICEF – COVID-19 response: Considerations for Children and Adults with Disabilities
UNICEF – Risk Communication & Community Engagement for COVID-19 – Engaging with Children and Adults with Disabilities
International Labor Organisation – COVID-19 and the World of Work articles and news on COVID-19 and labor.
ILO – COVID-19 information (Spanish) five key points for supporting persons with disabilities against COVID-19.
Relief Web – How to include marginalized and vulnerable people in risk communication and community engagement – COVID-19
Save the Children – 10 Things You Should Know about COVID-19 and Persons with Disabilities more information in the link.
IPC – Information for Para athletes and IPC members on COVID-19 with the COVID-19 pandemic and how it relates to the Paralympic Games and Para sport.
International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Guidance on Accessible Air Travel in Response to COVID-19, which lays out the basic principles for airlines to follow on special assistance requests.
Guide on COVID-19 – Easy Read information about COVID-19.
People First of Canada – Coronavirus Information (Easy Read) plain language information and tips to help avoid getting infected.
Surrey Place – Coronavirus Information in plain language with graphics.
Easy-to-read information about coronavirus by Inclusion Europe
Guidance for children with disabilities during the pandemic (Word Document)
Guide on risk communication for children and adult with disabilities. (Word Document)
Plain language tips for support staff – Written by people withIntellectual/Developmental Disabilities
Public health flyers in 30+ languages with information on COVID-19.
Easy Read information on COIVD-19 prepared by MENCAP in the UK for people with a learning disability and families.
Plain Language guide on COVID-19 to avoid contagion and stay safe.
People with hearing disabilities
ASL – COVID-19 ASL Hotline Communication Service for the Deaf and its Connect Direct service in New York.
Communicating with medical staff during COVID-19 – A guide for Deaf/HOH community from the Hearing Loss association of America.
COVID-19 information in different languages from the Government of King County WA, USA.
COVID-19 information – ASL The NAD CEO Howard A. Rosenblum shares news about Coronavirus, how this disease affects education and employment access, how this affects the National Association of the Deaf office, in USA.
COVID-19 ASL videos from the Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission.
Medical/surgical masks to support lip-reading, link to a google result page with information
ASL videos on Covid-19 from the CDC, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in the USA.
People who are Deafblind
Social Media – Creating Accessible Social Media Posts for those who are DeafBlind from the Disability Rights Fund.
Facebook Group – DeafBlind Community COVID-19 Information with resources and news form different countries.
Software – JAWS, ZoomText and Fusion are free of charge, until 8/31/2020 article about Freedom Scientific offering its software to help students and employees in the US and Canada affected by COVID-19 remain accessible while working and studying from home.
Kurzweil 3000 – Read the Web Chrome Extension link to video about Chrome extension tutorial.
Dolphin SuperNova – Link to page offering 3 months free access to any edition of SuperNova: Magnifier, Magnifier and Speech or Magnifier and Screen Reader.
Google – Accessibility of Google Docs accessibility considerations for using Google Docs.
ReadSpeaker – Link about offering TextAid and webReader for free.
Crick Software – Free access to Clicker@home for schools closed due to coronavirus outbreak.
Adobe – Adobe Connect Accessibility Overview with information about this software.
Google Meet Accessibility
Hangout Chat Accessibility Features
GoToMeeting – Accessibility Features
Microsoft link to accessibility features are available in this software.
Microsoft Teams Accessibility Support
Accessible Learning Webinar Series on Microsoft Teams with link to a YouTube video.
Remote Captioning for Videoconferencing – Deaf or Hard of hearing link with information on Captioning options for Videoconferencing and Learning Management Systems.
WebEx Web App Accessibility Features link about Webex web app accessibility support, from using keyboard shortcuts to using screen readers.
Skype – Accessibility Features with assistive features and a list of devices with supported accessibility features available for Skype.
Zoom – Accessibility Page with features available in this platform.
Accessible Web Conferences and Webinar Best Practices link to an USFDA pages about Accessible Web Conferences and Webinar Best Practices.
Social Media Accessibility
Social media accessibility resources include the following:
Twitter – How to make images accessibility to people with vision disabilities link to official Twitter Help Center.
Closed Captions on Facebook Live link to official Facebook page on this platform.
Other Facebook Accessibility information is also available in this link to official Facebook Help Center.
Linkedin – LinkedIn’s Disability Answer Desk, link to official Linkedin Help page.
Instagram – Adding image description, link to official Twitter Help page with instruction.
Last modified: November 6, 2020