COVID-19 Disability-Related Resources

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A list of resources:

  • General Covid-19 Information
  • Looking After Yourself
  • Family
  • Rights & Advocacy
  • Employees/Employers
  • Official Sources
  • Media
  • Other Helpful Resources

Media Coverage

Creative Solutions Needed to Support People with Disabilities

COVID-19 crisis revealing gaps in B.C.’s system of care, writes Liberal MLA Stephanie Cadieux

While governments at all levels respond to COVID-19, it is important that we recognize that there is a group of people who are disproportionately impacted by this pandemic, people with disabilities.

People are Really Scared: Ontarians with Disabilities Worry They’ll Be Denied Care

The government’s draft triage protocol has advocates calling for confirmation that patients with disabilities will have access to critical hospital care during COVID-19. This article discusses the worries of many families and individuals. It also references an open letter sent by ARCH Disability Law Centre to the Ford Government that was signed by 204 organizations across Canada and 4,884 individuals. The letter asks the government to affirm that patients with disabilities will not be denied critical hospital care in a COVID-19 emergency because of their disabilities.

Who gets medical care during the coronavirus pandemic — and what does that mean for people with disabilities?

From a CBC article...

Am I worth it?

With the appearance of COVID-19, as a person with a disability, my life has suddenly taken on more significance — or should I say insignificance? 

Finding myself expendable is, to say the least, alarming. 

It has been slightly more than two weeks since a public health emergency was declared in Manitoba. 

Coronavirus: 'I know my life will not be saved in this pandemic'

Lucy Watts MBE is 26 years old and preparing to die if she contracts coronavirus.The disability advocate has a life-limiting condition which includes multiple organ failure and restrictive lung disease requiring 24-hour care.

As the British Medical Association (BMA) releases guidance preparing doctors to make "brutal" decisions and prioritise treatment for those most likely to recover, Lucy fears that if she contracts Covid-19 she will not be saved.

Other Helpful Resources

COVID-19 Scams

Protect Yourself from Fraud! As COVID-19 continues to spread globally, watch out for associated scams. Fraudsters want to profit from consumers' fears, uncertainties and misinformation. Fraudsters are exploiting the crisis to facilitate fraud and cyber crime. The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre has created this page to keep you up-to-date on the latest scams.