NIDILRR-Funded Consumer Products: People with Disabilities and COVID-19

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a “respiratory disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2, a coronavirus discovered in 2019.” COVID-19 spreads from person to person through respiratory droplets and other small particles that are produced when a person with COVID-19 sneezes, coughs, or talks. It can spread rapidly in crowded or poorly ventilated indoor spaces and can range from mild to severe. Not everyone that is infected with COVID-19 may develop symptoms. Older adults over the age of 65 and anyone with an underlying condition, including some people with disabilities, are at higher risk for severe illness.

Some people with disabilities may be more likely to have a more severe reaction to COVID-19 because of underlying conditions, systemic health and social inequities, or because they live in congregate settings such as group homes. People with and without disabilities that have underlying chronic medical conditions, such as cardiopulmonary diseases, serious heart conditions, or weakened immune systems, also seem to be more likely to get severely ill from COVID-19.

Shortly after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, NIDILRR-funded projects began producing resources to support people with disabilities, caregivers, and practitioners as they experienced reduced access to services and supports in the community. These included consumer products such as webinars, factsheets, and videos, among others. More recently, NIDILRR grantees have begun to explore the impact of COVID-19 on people with disabilities, such as changes in community participation, health, employment, and economic status.

Below, you will find a few examples of these evidence-based consumer products produced by the NIDILRR grantee community:

To learn more about these and other products from the NIDILRR community, contact NARIC’s information specialists.

About mpgarcia

I'm the Bilingual Information/Media Specialist at NARIC.
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