The COVID-19 virus is having an immediate and alarming impact on the community of people with disabilities. Safe attendant care and the absence of attendants who are sheltering in place has put the community at risk. People with a history of mental health disabilities are experiencing increased anxiety, amplification of symptoms, and isolation. Access to resources and support organizations has been curtailed. People without sight have the challenge of accessing their community safely. This is only a small sampling of the many concerns and vast vulnerabilities for people with disabilities.
There are significant local, state, and national policy implications for people with disabilities as a result of the COVID-19 virus. There are reports of rationing of medical treatments and for this community to be seen as less worthy of life saving intervention. It is imperative that these issues be addressed quickly and thoughtfully to influence the decisions being made by government and health institutions. Policy and procedure will save lives.
Through this rapid response opportunity, the Disability Inclusion Fund will provide support for organizations on the front lines serving people with disabilities during this crisis. This will include mutual aid and support for organizing, policy, and systems-change advocacy.
The submission due date is May 6, 2020.