COVID-19 Resources

March 26, 2020

This short list of resources and information is not comprehensive, just a sampling of what is available.

For the most up-to-date information, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus (COVID-19) website.

COVID-19 General Information

COVID-19 Accessible Guidance & Resources

The Georgia Tech Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation, with funding from the CDC Foundation and technical assistance from CDC, is adapting COVID-19 materials into accessible formats for people with disabilities.

The project has created a microsite to house all of the materials which has now gone live. On the microsite, you can request embossed braille, download accessible Word Documents and PDFs, and register for upcoming webinars related to COVID-19 and people with disabilities.

More accessible materials are coming soon.

Administration for Community Living (ACL) Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

  • This website shares information for older adults and people with disabilities (available in Spanish and American Sign Language). It includes information about:
    • Prevention and planning
    • Symptoms and emergency warning signs
    • Information for the Aging and Disability Networks, including guidance around Medicaid, HCBS waivers, telehealth, and Medicare Fraud.
    • Resources for family caregivers, people with developmental disabilities, people with paralysis, and first responders.
    • New information is added regularly.

Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub): Rural Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

  • This topic guide is designed to serve both as an introduction to Rural Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and as a reference that collects the “best of the best” resources: selected documents, organizations, tools, funding opportunities, news items, events, and program examples. It includes:
    • Key federal sites for COVID-19 information
    • State and national initiatives and resources
    • An extensive list of resources that can be searched by topic, including;
      • Emergency Medical Services
      • American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians
      • Medicaid and Medicare
      • Healthcare facilities
      • Telehealth
      • Veterans
      • Critical Access Hospitals
      • Legislation and regulations
      • And many, many more
    • Funding and opportunities
    • News
    • Webinars and teleconferences on COVID-19 related topics
    • All RHIhub resources can be searched on their website, or you can contact one of their information specialists directly for customized assistance.

National Congress of American Indians- Indian Country Resources: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

  • An extensive list of resources and information, including:
    • Federal sites for general information (including the CDC, WHO, Johns Hopkins, NIH, Departments of Education and Labor, IHS, and others)
    • Professional associations (such as the American Public Health Association, American Medical Association, and the American Bar Association)
    • Trustworthy news sources.  
      • They also share a good reminder: “NCAI recommends caution when viewing information on social media unless it comes from trusted sources.”
    • There are also links to tribal-specific resources, including Turtle Talk, information from the National Indian Health Board, and a webinar recording from a Tribal Leader Town Hall on COVID-19 (3/17/20).

Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board- Tips and Resources for Community Messaging

  • Links to information for tribes, with specific information for Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Links include:
    • Links to information on the CDC website about protecting yourself and others
    • Information about disinfecting with bleach
    • A list of Native events and establishments around the country that have been postponed, cancelled, or closed
    • VIDEO: Ask Auntie about coronavirus

For Centers for Independent Living (CILs)

Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living

Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) COVID-19 Resources

  • Resources and information for SILCs and CILs, including information about continuing to provide services.
    • Plain-language information about coronavirus created by and for people with developmental disabilities
    • Information on how to connect with peer support opportunities, including calls for rural CILs and calls for youth coordinators.

Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) Resources on COVID-19

  • List of resources for Centers for Independent Living and other service providers which are intended to supplement the trainings, publications, and other resources on the ILRU website. These resources include:
    • A list of key resources
    • Resources for crisis preparedness and response
    • Facts and myths about COVID-19
    • Recording of a webinar discussing the operation of IL programs in the face of coronavirus

Supporting telecommunication and remote work

VIDEO: How to Collaborate Effectively If Your Team Is Remote (The Explainer)

  • A short video from Harvard Business Review with a few best-practice tips for organizing remote work.

Article on (March 16, 2020):  Are there programs available to help make internet service more affordable?

  • List of internet service providers who are providing free, or low-cost, internet to those with low incomes.
  • There are links to programs, and information about how to apply for government programs for internet access. You can enter your zip code to see what assistance programs are available in your area.

Supporting Social Distancing

Collection Spotlight from the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC): Stuck at Home? Resources to Stay Active and Engaged

  • A curated list of resources from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere to help you stay engaged, active, and connected to your community.
  • RTC:Rural’s VR Self-Employment Guide and Telecom Toolbox are included on the list.

Looking for something else?

Rural Institute

For more resources, visit the Rural Institute website.

There, you can find:

  • Montana-specific COVID-19 information
  • Resources for families
  • Resources for individuals with autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities, and for those who are deaf-blind, or have spinal cord or brain injuries or MS
  • Employment-related information 

Rural Disability Resource Library

As always, there are many rural disability resources to be found on the Rural Disability Resource Library