We are in this together ...
In an effort to support people with developmental disabilities and their families through the current Coronavirus Crisis, The Arc of Virginia has put this page together to share information and resources and to answer your questions.
It is our hope that connecting our community will help us all through this most unusual time.
INFORMATION ABOUT DISABILITY SERVICES
EARLY INTERVENTION & YOUNG CHILDREN
DIRECT SUPPORT PROFESSIONALS
A Video Guide to Coronavirus for People with Disabilities created by the Partnership for People with Disabilities
~ Written by peopls with disabilities to help others manage the changes in their lives.
Advocate for Coronavirus Relief
We must ask Members of Congress to pass a bill that addresses the specific and critical needs of people with disabilities NOW, including:
Funding for a Medicaid grant program to support access to home and community-based services (to combat institutionalization) and to support the DSP workforce. Congress should pass the Coronavirus Relief for Seniors and People with Disabilities Act.
Personal protective equipment (PPE) for direct support professionals. This is urgently needed to protect the health and safety of this critical workforce. Direct support professionals must be designated as essential workforce so that they have access to the PPE and medical supplies they need.
Paid leave for caregivers. As more people with disabilities lose their usual sources of care, family caregivers are scrambling and need access to paid leave and sick days to help their loved ones. Congress should include all family caregivers in the emergency paid leave provisions.
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Funding for this project/product was supported, in part, by the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities, under grant number 1901VASCDD-00, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy.