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๐Ÿ”—https://www.lightyearfoundation.org/news/online-classes-launched Inclusive active-learning dance classes for disabled children. Pro

Explaining COVID-19 - Guides and Social Stories
๐Ÿ”—https://bethesdalc.org/home-activity-center/education/#.XsRoKGhKjIU
Visual guides, social stories, and other aids for sharing information about COVID-19 by and for disabled individuals.

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Guides and Resources

Country-by-country guides for disabled people

๐Ÿ”—http://www.internationaldisabilityalliance.org/covid-19-region
๐Ÿ—ฃInternational Disability Alliance
National responses: ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ผ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ผ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Latin American (and Andorra) joint response: ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฉ ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ด๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡พ

Useful Links for Disabled People COVID-19-UK

๐Ÿ”—https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-PpyrWoz-Q5Eoooh0rqfDvsqlGf1aQ8WxaKEaslWhCU/edit
Useful links and resources for disabled people during the pandemic.

๐Ÿ”—https://selfadvocacyinfo.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Plain-Language-Information-on-Coronavirus.pdf
COVID-19 Information By and For People with Disabilities

Disability UK

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/coronavirus
List of resources for Disabled people in the UK

Public Health England

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”— https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/101/resources/5080
Information Resources on COVID-19 in alternative formats, BSL etc

Business Disability Forum COVID-19 Toolkit

๐Ÿ”—https://businessdisabilityforum.org.uk/covid-19/
โœ‰๏ธ@disabilitysmart
Guides to help business help their disabled employees, customers and look after mental health.

Children with Disabilities

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/help-resources/resources/covid-19-support-and-guidance
โœ‰๏ธ@cdctweets [email protected]
List of resources for those who are parents for or caring for children with disabilities

Contact for Families with Disabled Children

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://contact.org.uk/advice-and-support/coronavirus-information-for-families-with-disabled-children/
With so much out there about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and confusion about the virus and its impact on families with disabled children, we wanted to make sure we offered you somewhere to go where all the most important information you need is in the one place.

UK Government Official Advice for Disabled People

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/supporting-disabled-people-through-the-coronavirus-outbreak/supporting-disabled-people-through-the-coronavirus-outbreak

Beyond Words

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://booksbeyondwords.co.uk/downloads-shop/
Free resources to support people through the Coronavirus pandemic

UK Government Guide to Inclusive Communication

๐Ÿ”—https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/inclusive-communication/accessible-communication-formats
UK Gov Guidelines on ย accessibility formatting

Blindness

Royal National Institute of Blind People Updates

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://www.rnib.org.uk/coronavirus
๐Ÿ—ฃRNIB
Regularly updated collection of all Coronavirus updates for blind people


COVID-19 Resource List for People with Vision Loss

๐Ÿ”—https://visionaware.org/blog/visually-impaired-now-what/covid-19-resource-list-for-people-with-vision-loss/
๐Ÿ—ฃVision Aware
Clearing house of resources

Including Blind and Partially Sighted People in the Government's Guidance

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://twitter.com/MarshadeCordova/status/1246082852866883585
Letter to UK Secretary of State from MP and Shadow Women and Equalities Secretary Marsha De Cordova advocating that people who or blind or have limited sight be included as a vulnerable group.

Deafness

Daily Coronavirus Updates in British Sign Language (BSL)

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://signhealth.org.uk/resources/coronavirus/
๐Ÿ—ฃSign Health
Daily updates as well as general health adviced.


COVID-19 Accessible information for Deaf People

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://www.ndcs.org.uk/covid-19-coronavirus-support-for-deaf-children/
๐Ÿ—ฃNational Deaf Children's Society
Support for deaf children and those working with them including links to sources for BSL content.

Learning Disabilities

Easy Read Advice for people with learning disabilities, their families and carers

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://www.mencap.org.uk/advice-and-support/health/coronavirus-covid-19
๐Ÿ—ฃMencap

Learning Disability Wales

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://www.ldw.org.uk/project/coronavirus/
We have gathered together useful resources about Coronavirus (COVID-19), including some good easy read guides, for people with a learning disability in Wales.

Easy read information and UK guidance about Coronavirus

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://www.keepsafe.org.uk/
Keep Safe UK (Photosymbols)

Important advice to staff supporting people with a learning disability or autistic people

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/04/clinical-guide-for-staff-supporting-patients-with-a-learning-disability-autism-or-both-easy-read.pdf
NHS England

UK Government Resources

๐Ÿ”—https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/879412/coronavirus-leaflet-easy-read.pdf
These resources explain coronavirus in easy-read for organisations or anyone communicating the disease to people who are leaning difficulties or learning support needsย 

MYOWNFRONTDOORย 

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://myownfrontdoor.net/
MYOWNFRONTDOOR has been set up by @RightfulLives to support people and organisations campaigning for the rights and well being of autistic people and people with learning disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

AutonoMe

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง ๐Ÿ”— http://autono.me.uk/Covid-19/
Offering FREE support to vulnerable people throughout the pandemic to help them manage self isolationย Covid-19 - AutonoMe Combining people and technology to help those with Learning Disabilities overcome barriers to independence

Physical Disabilities

Scope

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://www.scope.org.uk/coronavirus-information/
Advice for people with Cerebral Palsy on Coronavirus

Invisible Disabilities

Invisible Disabilities Association

๐Ÿ”—https://invisibledisabilities.org/news/covid-19-coronavirus-tips-info-and-resources/
List of resources for people who have invisible disabilities.

Legal Help

Recommendations for Disability-Inclusive COVID-19 response in Global Languages: English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Portugese, Korean

๐Ÿ”—http://www.internationaldisabilityalliance.org/content/covid-19-and-disability-movement
๐Ÿ—ฃInternational Disability Alliance

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธุนุฑุจู‰๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท


List of Lawyers

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”— https://rightsinreality.wordpress.com/2014/09/13/solicitors-with-expertise-in-disability-and-sen-cases/
There is a list of solicitors with expertise in disability and special education needs (SEN) cases

Disability, coronavirus and international human rights

๐Ÿ”—https://insights.doughtystreet.co.uk/post/102g27s/disability-coronavirus-and-international-human-rights
โœ‰๏ธ[email protected]ย ย @DrOliverLewisย [email protected]
This is a summary of guidance from international human rights bodies in relation to the protection of the rights of people with disabilities in the Coronavirus pandemic. Extensive research and bibliography

Coronavirus Disability Rights Guide

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”— https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/coronavirus
โœ‰๏ธ[email protected] @disrightsuk
Extensive guide covering 15 topics that give advice relating to the rights of people with disabilities during the pandemic in the UK

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ”—http://www.specialneedsalliance.orbg/home
Special Needs Allianceย 

Communities

Disabilities Support Group

๐Ÿ”—https://www.facebook.com/groups/DisabilitiesSupportGroup/
Support group for individuals with and without disabilities - a great place to socialize

r/Disability

๐Ÿ”—https://www.reddit.com/r/disability/
News, resources and perspectives pertaining to individuals with disabilities.

Shift MS

๐Ÿ”—https://shift.ms/multiple-sclerosis-welcome/
Forum for people living with MS

Parkinsons UK

๐Ÿ”—https://www.facebook.com/groups/parkinsonsukcommunitygroup
Parkinsons UK Community Facebook Group

Tools

Non verbal

Vocable

๐Ÿ”—https://www.vocable.app/
Free, open-source iOS & Android app that allows non-verbal patients to communicate using head tracking. Potential use case with ventilator-dependent patients. Similar tools in healthcare cost tens of thousands of dollars and arenโ€™t widely available.

OnaCard

๐Ÿ”—https://onacard.org/en
Communication cards for COVID-19 treatment/carer teams with deafness/ conditions that prevent them from being able to speak

Widgit

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://www.widgit.com/products/health/covid19-communication-chart.htm Communication charts developed by speech and language therapists to enable non-verbal communication between patients who are unable to speak and healthcare professionals. Translated into 47 languages to date, more to come.

Deafness

COVID-19 Accessible information for Deaf People

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://bda.org.uk/coronavirus/
๐Ÿ—ฃBritish Deaf Association
British Sign Language (BSL) videos and resources

British Sign Language information about COVID-19

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rl6RaSaIFJM
Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Resources for Carers

See also: https://coronavirustechhandbook.com/care-homes


Mencap Advice for Carers

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ”—https://www.mencap.org.uk/advice-and-support/health/information-about-coronavirus/coronavirus-resources-carers
Coronavirus resources for carers from Mencap

Articles & Blogs

5 Things to Know About Coronovirus and People with Disabilities

๐Ÿ”—https://www.forbes.com/sites/andrewpulrang/2020/03/08/5-things-to-know-about-coronavirus-and-people-with-disabilities/#10720eb1d21f
๐Ÿ—ฃForbes
Overview of how COVID-19 can impact on the lives from a medical and social perspective of people with disabilities

Coronavirus: Being blind during the pandemic

๐Ÿ”—https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/disability-52118942
๐Ÿ—ฃBBC
Blind journalist Kate Pounds explores the particular challenges the virus has thrown up.

Disability Thinking

๐Ÿ”—https://disabilitythinking.com/
Blogs on Disability Culture, Language, Reading, writing, politics, policy and activism.