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Last Updated: May 19, 2020
It’s important to take steps to protect yourself from COVID-19 and prevent further spread of the virus if you do become sick. Here is a list of other recommendations for staying safe, informed, and prepared.
Know Your Legal Rights
Even in a crisis, people with disabilities have the right to live, work, learn, and access their community without discrimination.
- Washington Law Help COVID-19 Info
- What You Should Know About the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and COVID-19
- For workers affected by COVID-19 (coronavirus)
- NDRN Statement on Elections Accessibility during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Create a Household Plan of Action
Reach out to your service providers and circles of support to start planning. You may want to discuss a plan with family, roommates, and neighbors. If you already have a plan, review it to make sure it will still work.
Things to Consider:
- Are you signed up for emergency warnings in your county? Do you know how to do that?
- Do you know which phone numbers to call if you feel sick?
- Have you identified people in the community who may provide you with support if you need it? Do you know their contact information?
- Get Your Home Ready
- Parent and Caretaker Resources and Recommendations
- Talking with children about Coronavirus
- Managing Anxiety and Stress
Information about how communities and governments are responding to COVID-19 is being regularly updated. It can be a lot of information to take in but it’s important to stay up to date on policies like changes in transportation service or requirements to stay at home.
- Washington State Coronavirus Response (COVID-19)
- Office of the Governor: News & Media
- Sign up for email or text updates from the Office of the Governor or Department of Health
- Washington State Local Health Departments and Districts
- King County Public Health
- Washington Health Benefit Exchange
- Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner
- Disability Rights Washington
- VIDEO: What You Need to Know About COVID-19 produced by Rooted in Rights
- The Arc of King County
Information and resources on COVID-19, including clear and accessible ways of explaining the virus to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
- Washington State Department of Health: ASL COVID-19 Video Series
- Information on Face Coverings for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Blind Community Members
- Plain-Language Guide to COVID-19 For and by Persons with Disabilities
- Información de COVID-19 Por y Para Personas con Discapacidades
Do you have questions about your legal rights?
Are you unable to access critical information?
Disability Rights Washington is here to help.
Please note that in order to protect the health and safety of our staff and ensure that we will be able to continue to provide high quality legal services, we will conduct meetings remotely and our office will be closed to the general public. Our phone lines will remain open during regular business hours and people in need of legal assistance should call to schedule an appointment for Technical Assistance.