COVID-19 and Disabilities


Women with disabilities that limit their ability to walk are also very likely to have limitations in breathing. This, along with disruptions in services and routines, can put us in a higher risk group for catching the new coronavirus, COVID-19. We have compiled links to reputable information specifically for people with disabilities about how they can protect their health in these dangerous times.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
People who are at higher risk for severe illness
People with Developmental & Behavioral Disorders
Guidance for Direct Service Providers, Caregivers, Parents, & People with Developmental & Behavioral Disorders
Guidance for Group Homes for Individuals with Disabilities
Guidance for Direct Service Providers

Administration for Community Living
What do Older Adults and People with Disabilities Need to Know?

Western University of Health Sciences, June Isaacson Kailes,
Emergency Preparedness for Personal Assistant Services Users

NMD United
COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Plan and Preparation Guide for Adults Living with Neuromuscular Disabilities

Texas A&M University
COVID-19 Information for People with Disabilities, Older Adults, and Others with Functional or Access Needs

Alliance for Aging Resources
Common Questions and Answers About COVID-19 for Older Adults and People with Chronic Health Conditions

National Council on Independent Living
Action Alert to tell Congress to include people with disabilities in their COVID-19 Response

Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living
COVID-19 Resources

Rooted in Rights

NoBody Is Disposable Coalition
Know Your Rights Guide to Surviving COVID-19 Triage Protocols

Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund
Preventing Discrimination in the Treatment of COVID-19 Patients: The Illegality of Medical Rationing on the Basis of Disability

Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund
Know Your Healthcare Disability Rights factsheet (scroll down the page, available in multiple languages)

June Isaacson Kailes, Disability Policy Consultant
Tips for Planning a Rapid Emergency COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Response for People with Disabilities

The Washington Post
“Don’t Deny Disabled People Ventilators” op-ed by National Council on Disability
Chairman Neil Romano and Sam Bagenstos