Ensuring equity for people living with disabilities in the age of COVID-19

Oranicha Jumreornvong, Laura Tabacof, Mar Cortes, Jenna Tosto, Christopher P. Kellner, Joseph E. Herrera, David Putrino

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Abstract

People with disabilities are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. They may also suffer from lack of accessible emergency preparedness plans, communication and healthcare. Protective measures for people with disabilities should be endorsed and prioritized at a community level to adjust for social distancing. Repositories of local resources for emergency outreach in this time are also crucial. Telemedicine offers an innovative and safe way for health providers to care for people with disabilities to access many critical services without placing themselves or their caregivers at increased risk of contracting COVID-19. Communication strategies for critical information about resources for people with disabilities should be accessible. United States hospitals and government agencies should make allocation guideline proposals accessible to people with disabilities and incorporate bias training.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1682-1687
Number of pages6
JournalDisability and Society
Volume35
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - 21 Aug 2020

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Disability
  • disabled persons
  • health equity

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