- Increased Risk
- Host a COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic
- Trusted Disability Champions
- Communications Access Assistance
- Coronavirus Preparedness
- Disability Health Information & Resources
- Housing Resources
- Utilities/Internet Assistance
- Mental Health Resources
- Virtual Support Groups
- Work and Financial
- Food Resources
- Self-Care | Online Hobbies and Classes
- Support for Caregivers
- Activities for Kids at Home
- Unique Ideas to Get Help and Assistance
Increase risk for elderly, minorities, and people with disabilities and chronic health conditions
Based on the current evidence, the elderly, minorities, and people with disabilities and chronic health conditions are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19. This means that a person with one or more of these conditions who gets very sick from COVID-19 (has severe illness from COVID-19) is more likely to:
- Be hospitalized
- Need intensive care
- Require a ventilator to help them breathe
- Older adults are at highest risk of getting very sick from COVID-19. More than 81% of COVID-19 deaths occur in people over age 65. The number of deaths among people over age 65 is 97 times higher than the number of deaths among people ages 18-29 years.
- A person’s risk of severe illness from COVID-19 increases as the number of underlying medical conditions they have increases.
- Some people are at increased risk of getting very sick or dying from COVID-19 because of where they live or work, or because they can’t get health care. This includes many people from racial and ethnic minority groups and people with disabilities.
- Studies have shown people from racial and ethnic minority groups are also dying from COVID-19 at younger ages. People in racial and ethnic minority groups are often younger when they develop chronic medical conditions and may be more likely to have more than one medical condition.
- People with disabilities are more likely than those without disabilities to have chronic health conditions, live in shared group (also called “congregate”) settings, and face more barriers in accessing health care. Studies have shown that some people with certain disabilities are more likely to get COVID-19 and have worse outcomes.
Staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and taking COVID-19 prevention actions are important. This is especially important if you are older or have severe health conditions or more than one health condition, including those on this list. Learn more about how CDC develops COVID-19 vaccination recommendations. If you have a medical condition, learn more about Actions You Can Take.
We are here to help you access the COVID-19 vaccine and booster you need. People with disabilities are at greater risk of getting very sick or dying from COVID-19. Don’t become a statistic. Get protection from the COVID-19 vaccine and booster shot. Contact ECNV for help to get your shot today! For more information contact us at email@example.com
Help Us Host a Covid-19 Vaccination Pop-Up
Partner with us to host a Pop-Up Vaccination event for 15 or more individuals or to invite your friends, family, colleagues to an existing event. Pop-up vaccine events are co-organized by a person with a disability. Through grant funding we will be able to offer the co-organizer $200 to offset expenses such as food, lost income or work involved in hosting the event. Of course, we will provide information and connect people who do not wish to host a pop-up vaccination event with other available options.
Recruiting Trusted Disability Champions
Do you want to make a difference to your communities and networks who have not had access to disability news that can make a difference in their lives?
As a disability champion you will be part of a movement to assure that information is being relayed to everyone in our communities by:
- Sharing information about disability-related resources, services, rights, and opportunities.
- Providing positive perspectives about disability pride and possibilities
- Bringing the voices of people from your communities to mainstream disability-serving programs
- Being part of our growing social platform
Having a disability or experience or expertise in disability is not required. We are looking for individuals who wish to join us in shaping this new initiative Disability Champions who also have disabilities can be paid $20/hour.
ECNV Covid-19 initiatives are funded through grants from the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities/ Administration for Community Living (HHS) (November 2021 – August 2022) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC/HHS (March 2022-June 2022)
For more information contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Communications Access Assistance
- COVID-19 FAQ https://www.virginia.gov/media/vagov/documents/covid19/General-Questions-FAQ-v2_FINAL.pdf
- COVID-19 Resources in ASL from National Association of the Deaf (NAD) https://www.nad.org/2020/03/12/coronavirus/?fbclid=IwAR3FegSxgJPwnKxY0BJq00gSXk4vc-wZeuAk9-AZol6sDeO64nTiPS4l1jM
- COVID-19 Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Video Series – ASL
- COVID-19 information in multiple languages
- Abilities EXPO TV, RADIO, MOBILE APP https://www.abilities.com/abilities-airwaves.html?utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=abilitiestvapp
- Comcast Announces Comprehensive COVID-19 Response (the possibility of FREE WIFI) to Help Keep Americans Connected to the Internet https://corporate.comcast.com/covid-19
- Virginia Department of Emergency Management Access and Functional Needs Partners Portal
211 is the most comprehensive source of locally curated social services information in the U.S. and most of Canada. Call 211 or go to 211.org
https://virginianavigator.org/ for Virginia Resources
- Pandemic Preparedness and the ADA https://www.eeoc.gov/facts/pandemic_flu.html
Disability Rights Resources
disAbility Law Center of Virginia:
Disability Health Information & Resources
Disability Community Disaster Hotline
Virginia Medicaid is Taking Action Against COVID-19
Medicaid Waiver Flexibility
Limited waiver of HIPAA
Personal Assistant Services ECNV
Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) Personal Assistance Services (PAS) program
Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief Program Eligibility
VIRGINIA RENT AND MORTGAGE RELIEF PROGRAM (RMRP) Overview
Energy Share, COVID-19 information
Internet Options for Low-Income Individuals
More Internet Options for Low-Income Individuals
Comcast–Internet Essentials service
Comcast’s Internet Essentials service is offered at $9.95/month for those who qualify.
To qualify you must receive one of 5 qualifying benefits- eligible for Medicaid or SSI or SNAP or TANF or Veterans benefits. Connect on the above link to apply or call 1-855-846-8376 (call volumes are high, so applying online is best).
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, there is also a promotion going on that provides for two months free for everyone approved prior to 12/31/20. (Regular rates apply after that.)
Mental Health Resources
CDC Mental Health Support and COVID-19
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
Open Path Collective (Non-Profit providing low-cost therapy services for individuals who are uninsured or underinsured)
SAMHSA National Hotline:
Fairfax County Community Services Board:
Arlington County Behavioral Health:
Loudoun County Mental Health Services:
Alexandria City Adult Mental Health:
Virtual Support Groups
Developmental Support Associates (DSA) is offering a virtual family support group for local families who care for children, youths, and young adults with developmental and/or behavioral challenges. The immediate goal is to help families collaborate with professionals and with each other in order to break out of isolation and share experiences, thought, feelings, and novel strategies for promoting personal and social growth.
Meetings will be held on Tuesday evenings at 5:30 – 6:30pm.
Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA) offers a support group for parents of adult children with developmental disabilities.
Meetings will be held on Wednesdays 10am – 11:30am.
Facilitator: Lori Kolle, LCSW-C
Video conference link will be sent the day before the group. REGISTER HERE
Work and Financial
Promoting Financial Resiliency During COVID-19
Department of Labor
Apply for Unemployment
Apply for Disability Benefits
Economic Injury Disaster Loan
Honeydo.Today – Handyman, housekeeping, landscaping
VA Food Banks
Arlington Restaurant Status
Neighbor 2 Neighbor Fairfax County
In response to the increasing needs of COVID-19, Fairfax County Health Department Neighbor to Neighbor Program has launched a grocery shopping and pharmacy pick-up service for county residents age 60+ who need this service.
To Request Shopping and Pharmacy Pick-Up Contact
Fairfax County Aging, Disability & Caregiver Resource Line
Amazon Prime Now
Nextdoor – connect with neighbors for help
Arlington Food, Financial and Medical Assistance
Fairfax County Food Resources
Food for Others
Loudoun County Needs Assistance
Loudoun Hunger Relief
Interactive Map on focused on restaurants, grocery stores and food assistance.
Alexandria Resources to Meet Basic Needs
Arlington Resources to Meet Basic Needs ( Food, Rental, Utilities and Medical)
**Check with your local faith communities regarding food banks and volunteers to drop off groceries
New York Times
Wall Street Journal
The Washington Post
Self-Care | Online Hobbies and Classes
American Association for Health and Disability Videos
Key Family Caregiver Recommendations
DPI Adaptive Fitness Online Classes
ASL video on how to make a face mask (no sew)
Wash Your Hands Video
Stop the Spread of Germs PDF
Preparing for Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Influenza:
Free Online Training & Resources
Free Online Courses from top universities
Support for Caregivers
If you’re caring for an older adult, check out SeniorNavigator.org’s huge library of resources and information for caregivers.
If you’re the parent of a child with a disability, you can find caregiving and family support resources on disAbilityNavigator.org.
If you’re a military caregiver, try the services listed on VeteransNavigator.org.
If you’re a long-distance or working caregiver, technology can make your life easier. Get customized recommendations from the Caregiver Tech Tool Finder.
If you are a Commonwealth Coordinated Care Plus member, call your care coordinator or member services phone line for support.
IRS CoronaVirus Tax Relief
Northern Virginia Family Service
Virginia Railway Express
Telephone: 855-REACH-A-RIDE (855-732-2427)
Reach A Ride provides individuals who require transportation assistance with information about the transportation providers in their area. If you would quickly like to know who provides transportation services, visit reacharide.org or all 855-732-2427 to find contact information so that you can reach out to your provider for assistance.
NCIL ADVOCACY MONITOR – Let YOUR voice be heard!!
Weekly Video Series on Disability Policy – Tuesdays With Liz
Activities for Kids at Home
12 famous museums your kids can tour from your living room
Virtual Story Time via the Brooklyn Public Library
Headspace for kids
The Kids Should See This: Smart videos for curious minds of all ages
Storyline Online: Free children’s literacy resource featuring the world’s best storytellers reading books aloud
For kids who like to get up and moving throughout the day: GoNoodle, Good Energy at Home
Free audiobooks for kids
Unique Ideas to Get the Help and Assistance You Need
In a time of crisis, it can be important to think outside the box. We realize that stress and concern can also limit your ability to come up with solutions for yourself and your families. Some staff have taken time to list additional ways they too are handling issues as people with disabilities themselves.
Consider using Zoom / WebEx or any other telecommunication platforms to conduct Caregiver Interviews. This will permit you to see the person and interact face to face and have some assurances on who you are hiring. Zoom and similar communications platforms have free options and some are even waving fees when you sign up for a few weeks, a month or longer. You can use Zoom on the phone in addition to any computer.
Check your doctor / primary care providers website – some may have only recently come up with Telehealth options and are rolling them out just now. Even if you are feeling well, they can answer questions for you remotely. They may also have some specific ideas related to your unique chronic challenges and health support / care needs
Have you created an emergency backup plan if your primary caregiver were to become ill? Is there a friend or neighbor that you are close with that you can ask early on to assist you with some of your needs? It will be important that you not wait until the last minute and your current caregiver may be able to train a friend or other person with demonstrations on how to best assist you and help you with things that might be complex.
Nextdoor.com is a neighborhood site of your neighbors and community residents in your neighborhood. You can sign up for free and some communities have neighbors listing where they are and what stores they may be going to and often offer to pick up items for others if they need it. Using Nextdoor will help you find someone that is already in your local area and who wants to assist you.
211 – you can call or text as they will give you additional information about more services and programs in your community. They are also getting calls every day and thus may be creating news, vasts lists of programs and assistance that were not previously heard or addressed until recently
Call 311 – a non-emergency phone number that people can call in many cities to find information about services, make complaints, or report problems in the community such as suspect activity and crimes without tying up the 911 number.