Addressing your unique concerns
Whether you are living with a disability or taking care of someone who does, life has changed in the world of COVID-19 and there are new considerations for us all, seemingly overnight. Now, is a time to get grounded in good information. The Administration for Community Living offers just one, regularly updated page featuring coronavirus-related advice for those who are aging or have disabilities: What do older adults and people with disabilities need to know?
Connecting in new ways
Even though we are separated, we need each other more than ever, and technology offers us an opportunity to reach out and bond with others. Although these tips are focused on the needs of deaf and hard of hearing participants in virtual workplace meetings, many have also been tested in cross-disability meetings: Accessibility tips for a better virtual meeting experience. The American Foundation for the Blind has also assembled 5 Accessibility actions you can take when moving your conference or classes online, including tips for presenters.
This unprecedented situation calls for sensitivity and compassion, particularly for those of us who might face additional risks, consequences and anxieties. “It feels awful to hear people reassure each other that coronavirus isn’t that scary because it will mainly hurt and kill ‘high risk’ people. Remember, that’s us you are talking about, and we can hear you,” says Andrew Pulrang in Forbes’ 5 Things to know about coronavirus and people with disabilities.
Taking good care
While disabilities themselves do not increase the risk of contracting COVID-19, factors like behaviors, increased age and accompanying health conditions might. The Alzheimer’s Association’s Tips for Dementia Caregivers, offers advice that applies to a variety of situations. Also, another watch out for anyone who is a caregiver – the onset of Coronavirus Scams –preying on fears surrounding COVID-19.
Learn about coronavirus in American Sign Language with the video below, produced by the New York City Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities.
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