As we navigate responding to COVID-19, we cannot leave the disability community behind. The following pieces are part of our series on perspectives from disabled and chronically ill people regarding COVID-19.

 

For Coronavirus resources for disabled Washingtonians, visit our resource page.

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Disabled People Are Not Simply Dispensable During a Pandemic

The following post is part of our series on perspectives from disabled and chronically ill people regarding COVID-19. This post is not intended as medical advice. It’s hard to wash your hands to prevent the spread of coronavirus when you’re allergic to most bathroom hand soaps. I have Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS), a condition … Continued
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Disabled, Not Disposable: Tinu

Listen to disability activist Tinu Abayomi-Paul on what happens when we start valuing people based on whether they’re “productive members of society.”
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Deaf People Need Access to Information During Emergencies, Too

The following post is part of our series on perspectives from disabled and chronically ill people regarding COVID-19. This post is not intended as medical advice. 70 days. That was when the last time I saw my Italian husband, on the day he departed for Italy from Las Vegas, Nevada, where my family lives. I … Continued


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Reminder: Non-Disabled People Aren’t the Only Ones Affected by COVID-19

The following post is part of our series on perspectives from disabled and chronically ill people regarding COVID-19. This post is not intended as medical advice. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve been staring at graphics that show how to wash your hands “properly.” I’m pretty sure my hands and wrists just don’t … Continued
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Disability Accommodations and Supports Can Help Everyone Prevent COVID-19

The following post is part of our series on perspectives from disabled and chronically ill people regarding COVID-19. This post is not intended as medical advice. In light of the current coronavirus pandemic, Infection Prevention Guidelines are important measures of minimizing the spread of infection. Disabled people are one group at higher risk of getting … Continued
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Coping with Suicidal Ideation Among the Uncertainty of COVID-19

The following post is part of our series on perspectives from disabled and chronically ill people regarding COVID-19. This post is not intended as medical advice. This post discusses suicide. If you or someone you know are in need of support, please reach out for support. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 En Español: 1-888-628-9454 For … Continued


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Disability Rights Washington Files Complaint over COVID-19 Treatment Rationing Plan in Washington State

Our parent organization, Disability Rights Washington, has filed a complaint against Washington's plan to ration #COVID19 care and how it discriminates against disabled people. The #COVID19 rationing plan would give priority to treating people who are younger and healthier and leaves those who are older and sicker—people with disabilities—to die.
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Working and Studying at Home Shouldn’t Be Pandemic-Only Accommodations

The following post is part of our series on perspectives from disabled and chronically ill people regarding COVID-19. This post is not intended as medical advice. As a disabled person with an autoimmune disorder, I of course find myself worried about being more susceptible to coronavirus. I’m concerned my recovery would be a lot more … Continued
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What Can Experiences of Chemically Sensitive People Teach Us During Social Distancing?

The following post is part of our series on perspectives from disabled and chronically ill people regarding COVID-19. This post is not intended as medical advice. Author Disclaimer: I do not identify as a disabled person. I am the daughter of one and chose the Q&A format to lift up the voices of a remarkable … Continued


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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information, Response, and Planning for Washingtonians

This page will be updated as more information is made available. Last Updated: March 30, 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 … Continued
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Listen Up: Chronically Ill People Know What We’re Talking About When it Comes to COVID-19

The following post is part of our series on perspectives from disabled and chronically ill people regarding COVID-19. This post is not intended as medical advice. It was summer 2014, four months after the accident that left me with chronic illness and pain. I’d lost a third of my body weight. I was so sick … Continued
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Seattle Times OpEd – Coronavirus: Remember students with disabilities in a time of crisis

For students with disabilities, school is often where they have access to physical, speech, mental-health and other therapies. As schools around the nation are closing, disabled students and their families are being left without supports.


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We Need More Than Social Distancing. We Need Social Safety Nets.

The following post is part of our series on perspectives from disabled and chronically ill people regarding COVID-19. This post is not intended as medical advice. COVID-19 and the emergency responses from governments around the world are evidence we do not live in a society that works for everyone. While those of us at higher … Continued
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Disabled, Not Disposable: Ariel

“I've seen a lot that concerns me, both the message that we should just, you know, take one for the team basically, that's kind of horrifying." - Ariel Henley on how disabled people are feeling about Coronavirus.
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Enduring Chronic Pain During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The following post is part of our series on perspectives from disabled and chronically ill people regarding COVID-19. This post is not intended as medical advice. My daughter’s voice woke me this morning. I open my eyes. I take a deep breath savoring the moment before the pain of the day began. My daughter is … Continued


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For the Chronic Illness Community, Quarantine Life is Nothing New

The following post is part of our series on perspectives from disabled and chronically ill people regarding COVID-19. This post is not intended as medical advice. As someone who takes comfort in a daily routine, my days don’t differ all that much. I wake up late, with no particular place to go, prepare a nutrient-dense, … Continued
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In Our New Reality of Virtual Learning, We Can’t Leave Students with Disabilities Behind

The following post is part of our series on perspectives from disabled and chronically ill people regarding COVID-19. In the wake of COVID-19 related school closures, districts are scrambling to successfully implement distance learning, but parents of children with disabilities are concerned. When incidences of COVID-19 began to rise, school districts throughout the country shut … Continued
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COVID19: Drive Thru Only Services Must Provide Access to People Who Cannot Drive

As a result of many businesses converting to drive-thru only, transit-dependent people, in particular members of the disability community who are blind and low-vision, aren’t able to access services.


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In the Face of the Pandemic, A Reminder for Disabled People: You Are Enough

The following post is part of our series on perspectives from disabled and chronically ill people regarding COVID-19.  It has never been more evident that my nondisabled fellow Americans, maybe even the world, has a deep-seated hatred of disabled people and the chronically ill. Overreacting, you say? What else is it called when people casually … Continued
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A Writer with Multiple Sclerosis Finds Unexpected Gratitude with an Antique Typewriter

The following post is part of our series on perspectives from disabled and chronically ill people regarding COVID-19. “Not another typewriter!” When my husband J.P. held open the box delivered by U.P.S. to reveal his latest acquisition, I lost it. As a neat freak, nothing sends me into a tizzy faster than clutter. But since … Continued