Audience – General
Audience – Deaf/Hard of Hearing, ASL
Audience – People with Disabilities, Caregivers, Family Members of People with Disabilities
Audience – Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Blind/Vision Disabilities, Deaf/Blind
o There is no “one-size fits all” strategy for communication, including during the COVID-19 pandemic. With recommended social distancing, communication can be difficult for those who are Deaf-Blind or have a combination of hearing and vision loss. This resource provides options to help keep communication clear and safe.
o Tips and precautions from the Association of Medical Professionals with Hearing Losses (AMPHL) for sign language interpreters who are working any COVID-19 response assignments, particularly for those who may be assisting in a healthcare setting for the first time.
Audience – Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Teachers of Students with Disabilities, ASL
o The organization Resource Materials and Technology Center for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing (RMTC-D/HH) as gathered resources and other information to assist in providing virtual instruction to students who are deaf or hard of hearing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
o The National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes has created a guide to some of the benefits and barriers of virtual learning for students who are deaf or hard of hearing.
o The Texas School for the Deaf continues to keep families and staff informed on any updates regarding COVID-19, including any positive cases and reminders of how to protect yourself and others during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Audience – Teachers, K-12 Administrators
o This guide, updated on January 15, is designed to help navigate health considerations in schools. Different scenarios are presented to assist in making decisions regarding social distancing, face masks, protecting vulnerable populations, and more.
Audience – Blind/Vision Disabilities, Teachers of Students with Disabilities, Family Members of People with Disabilities
o The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) has compiled resources and activities to ensure students who are blind or visually impaired still receive quality education through virtual learning, along with their peers.
o VISTAS Education Partners have a homework hotline to assist K-12 and college students who are blind or visually impaired across the United States. Responders assist with multiple different softwares and devices to ensure success in the classroom or in a virtual education setting.
o Last revised in April 2020, the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) has listed each state’s individual guidance for students with disabilities. Each state has a link to its Department of Education website for more information.
o The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) is providing evidence-based resources, practices, etc. to support students who are blind or visually impaired. These resources include accessibility apps and software, remote teaching supports, and more. CDE has also listed dedicated office hours on specific dates to help support students, families, and educators.
Audience – General
o Depending on your everyday activities, there may an increased risk of exposure to COVID-19. It is important to analyze the situation and weighing the risk.
o Face masks are important to stop the spread of COVID-19. This news video gives tips on the best practices for wearing a mask, what materials it should be made of, and cleaning it.
o To help stop the spread of COVID-19, individuals should wear a mask. Here’s how to properly wear a mask and why it is so important.
Audience – Blind/Vision Disabilities
o Many people don’t think about the impact a face mask can make on someone who is blind or visually impaired. However, a mask can have a negative effect on orientation and mobility due to the loss of facial vision. Here are five steps to help those who are blind or visually impaired wear a mask safely.
o The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) advocated to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for updated face mask recommendations to consider those with hearing and communication disorders. This communication has helped to improve the recommendations to include multiple groups of people during the COVID-19 pandemic.
o Individuals who are Deaf or hard of hearing have a difficult time with face masks because they cover the mouth, which can be vital to communication. Here are instructions to make a mask with a clear window to aid in lipreading.
o Better Homes & Gardens magazine has gathered resources for four different options for face masks that can help communicating with people who are deaf or hard of hearing who may rely on reading lips.
o Typical masks worn during the COVID-19 pandemic can lead to miscommunication, as a great deal of communication relies on facial expressions or lipreading. The ClearMaskTM helps to create a more accessible communication.
Audience – ID/D, Autism
o An informational video to help those with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other sensory disorders understand the need for a face mask and how to become comfortable wearing one regularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Audience – , Autism
- o Autism Speaks has organized multiple resources for parents and family members of those who have Autism Spectrum Disorder. These resources are divided into multiple categories, including stress and mental health, education, behavioral, and more.
HHS – OCR Resolves Complaints after State of Connecticut and Private Hospital Safeguard the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to Have Reasonable Access to Support Persons in Hospital Settings During COVID-19
Audience – Caregivers, Family Members of People with Disabilities
o Children and other young people have specific needs in emergencies, but those with disabilities may require more. Families should ensure there is a plan in place for these unique needs.
Audience – Caregivers, Employers/Business Owners
o Medtrade has creating a resource to help in structuring protocols for patients and caregivers/employees when handling durable medical equipment (DME).
Audience – People with Disabilities, Caregivers
o Clean and sanitized durable medical equipment is critical, and during the COVID-19 pandemic is no different. The National Pass It On Center has provided a presentation to help in ensuring safety and sanitization of CPAPs.
o Durable medical equipment can be refurbished and reused by those in need. However, proper sanitization is important to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Audience - General
o As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, what are the risks of certain everyday activities? This news story helps us understand just how much of a risk particular tasks or activities pose while the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
Audience – Blind/Vision Disabilities
o It can be difficult to know if you are socially distancing at the recommended six feet length, but for those with vision disabilities it can be very difficult or impossible to know for sure. The Lighthouse Guild have provided tips on how to practice safe social distancing for those who are blind or have low vision.
Creating an Accessible Vaccine Experience for People with Disabilities and Older Adults
The Creating an Accessible Vaccine Experience for People with Disabilities and Older Adults document highlights both physical and programmatic accessibility considerations for vaccine sites. Helpful tips are given for vaccine site accessibility, providing communication, and addressing accessibility for making appointments. This document was created by the Vaccine Information Collaborative for Older Adults and People with Disabilities which is comprised of national organizations serving the disability and aging populations.
Audience – Deaf/Hard of Hearing
- o Dr. Kathleen Toomey is the Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health and provides information about receiving a vaccination for COVID-19, along with American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter David Cowan. This video is provided by the Office of Georgia Governor Brian P. Kemp.