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COVID-19 Resources for People with Disabilities

This list will be updated as we locate new resources that may be helpful for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Check back often to see what's new!

Go-to state disability resource: Tennessee Disability Pathfinder COVID-19 page. Pathfinder is prepared to take calls for disability-related questions, including through their multi-cultural program: 800-640-4636.

Vaccine Information Resources

Tennessee resources

Tools for People Who Need Communication Support

  • From the Council: COVID-19 Symptoms - Visual Checklist for people with disabilities - visual symbols and plain language choices for a person to answer about how they feel, with questions focusing on common symptoms of the virus
  • Downloadable health care communication boards for people who have limited verbal communication (“Supporting Communication with Patients who have COVID-19,” from the Patient Provider Communication Network)
  • LifeCourse Tools for Healthy Living - includes worksheets people, families, and others can fill out about a person's health, support needs, etc. Includes worksheet for "today's doctor visit", a healthy living Trajectory, Support Star and one-page profile, and other tools useful in helping healthcare providers or hospital staff understand someone's needs
  • My Hospital Communication Passport by Stacey Braddish - a document with images and prompts you can fill out and bring to the hospital to tell people your medical history, your likes and dislikes, how to best support you and communicate with you. Also includes several pages of communication boards with symbols for lots of things you may need to tell someone in the hospital, like how your body is feeling and what you need (14 pages).
  • My Health Passport for Hospital Visits by the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities - a document with images and prompts you can fill out and bring to the hospital to tell people about your medical history, your likes and dislikes, and how to best support you and communicate with you. (4 pages)

Plain Language Documents

Social Stories

Social stories for children about coronavirus, using large, colorful pictures and simple text. These stories offer a great way to help kids understand what the disease is, how to help stay healthy, why school is out, and what might happen next. 

TN Disability Pathfinder has a number of social stories on topics including wearing a mask and social distancing.

Videos

This Page Last Updated: June 23, 2021 at 10:15 AM