This page offers COVID-19 resources and tools related to people with disabilities, families, and caregivers. It will be updated frequently as the information we know grows and more resources are developed. This list is by no means exhaustive. If you have a resource that you think should be added to this page, please email

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General Information about COVID-19

For up-to-date information, please visit the CDC Coronavirus (COVID-19) website.

Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities page: COVID-19 Resources and Support

American Association on Health and Disability page: Resources for People with Disabilities on COVID-19

COVID Information By and For People with Disabilities: This guide explains what COVID-19 is, and how you can protect yourself, in plain language. Developed by the Green Mountain Self-Advocates.

Communication supports for children and adults with complex communication needs during the COVID-19 pandemic

CDC COVID-19 Video Series in ASL

Accessible Symptom and Risk Factor Checker

COVID-19 Resources for People with Developmental Disabilities: The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council has compiled a variety of resources, including plain language guides, videos, family resources, and mental health support.

Staying Safe

Cleaning AAC devices

‘I can wear a mask!’ This pamphlet explains the purpose of wearing a mask, and how to get used to wearing one. Illustrations are included for visual learners.

CDC Guidance for People with Developmental and Behavioral Disabilities

CDC Guidance for Group Homes for Individuals with Disabilities

CDC Guidance for Direct Service Providers

CDC Guidance for Direct Service Providers, Caregivers, Parents, and People with Developmental and Behavioral Disorders

University of Miami Rapid Response Team Training – the “Preventing discrimination against people with disabilities during a public health emergency” training teaches triage team members how to ensure equitable and objective resource allocation in times of shortages.


Accessible COVID-19 Statistics Tracker 

COVID-19 Case Tracker: ASAN is tracking the impact of COVID-19 on people with disabilities in congregate living facilities.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has published data and resources on COVID-19 and Behavioral Health Disparities for Black and Latino Communities in the U.S.

Advocacy Tools

Ohio Crisis Standards of Care statement: Outlines that allocation of scare medical resources should not be influenced by the presence or absence of disability, quality of life, or perceived “worth” to society.

Patient Passport: Some people with communication disabilities are worried about what will happen if they have to go to the hospital alone. This fill-in document briefly and clearly describes your symptoms, your preferences, and how best to communicate with you.

Open letter from the American Association of the DeafBlind: Covers how to prepare, protect your rights, and inform healthcare staff the best way to communicate with you if you have to go to the hospital. [PDF Version]

DeafBlind Interpreting (DBI)’s Document on How to Work with DeafBlind Folks During COVID-19 [ASL version with transcript]

Your Rights to Receive Healthcare During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic by Disability Rights Ohio

Hospital Visitor Policies and Your Right to Reasonable Accommodation by Disability Rights Ohio

The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies: Report on daily COVID-19 Disability Rights calls