Need help getting vaccinated? Or details on boosters?
Trained staff are standing by to help you find vaccine locations, make appointments, and connect to local services and supports if you need them to access vaccines. They also can connect you to information to answer questions or concerns you may have about the vaccine.
For people with disabilities: The Disability Information and Assistance Line (DIAL) can be reached by calling 888-677-1199 or by emailing DIAL@usaginganddisability.org at any time.
For older adults: Call the Eldercare Locator at 800-677-1116 or visit the website to chat live or browse resources.
Both phone lines are staffed Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Eastern). Use this new infographic to help spread the word about DIAL.
ACL's National Center on Advancing Person-Centered Practices and Systems (NCAPPS) is hosting a webinar on December 13 at 2:30pm ET titled Build Back Better: Striving for a Post-Pandemic World That Is Person-Centered and Inclusive for All. The webinar will feature will feature a panel of people with disabilities, family members, direct support professionals, and advocates reflecting on the lessons they have learned during the pandemic. (Posted November 24)
The CDC, The John A. Hartford Foundation and other stakeholders are hosting two upcoming webinars intended to connect public health and long-term care organizations during their planning and implementation of activities funded by the Nursing Home and Long-term Care Facilities Strike Teams and Infrastructure Project of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. (Posted November 23)
The Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund is hosting a webinar on December 8 at 9pm ET to help parents of children with disabilities between the ages of 5 and 11 make informed decisions about the COVID-19 vaccine. (Posted November 23)
A new issue brief from the National Assistive Technology Act Technical Assistance and Training (AT3) Center describes how AT Act programs funded by ACL are helping individuals experiencing long-term effects from COVID-19 and provides examples of common assistive technology solutions. (Posted November 17)
HHS' "We Can Do This" COVID-19 public education campaign has produced a series of English and Spanish resources to equip parents, school administrators, community leaders and children with the latest information, tips, and messaging on the newly authorized vaccine for children age 5 and older. Resources include various toolkits, infographics, videos, and one-pagers that provide answers to frequently asked questions using the latest data. The website also includes tips on how to talk to parents and guardians about vaccinating their children, and explain why vaccination is the best way to protect children against COVID-19. (Posted November 16)
More recent additions
The Biden-Harris Administration has announced that ACL will receive $150 million to increase the public health workforce’s disability and aging expertise and strengthen the collaboration with public health systems to support the health and safety of people with disabilities and older adults who are disproportionately affected during emergencies and disasters, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. (Posted November 10)
The U.S. Surgeon General’s Community Toolkit for Addressing Health Misinformation provides specific guidance to individuals, health care professionals and administrators, teachers, school administrators, librarians, and faith leaders to understand, identify, and stop the spread of health misinformation in their communities. (Posted November 9)
CDC now recommends that children 5 to 11 years old be vaccinated against COVID-19 with the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine. Search vaccines.gov, text your ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find locations near you. (Posted November 5)
AT3's new issue brief highlights how state and territorial Assistive Technology Act programs are supporting vaccination efforts. (Posted November 3)
On 9/30/2021, ACL hosted an Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) webinar, and materials from that webinar are now available. ERAP makes funding available to states, territories, local governments, and tribes to assist households that are unable to pay rent or utilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, many people with disabilities and older adults who are eligible have not applied, and we need the aging and disability networks to help to get the word out!
The webinar featured tools and information to help the people learn more about, and apply for, Emergency Rental Assistance. Please CLICK HERE to view the webinar recording or visit YouTube. To view the slidesCLICK HERE and to access the webinar transcript, CLICK HERE. (Posted November 2)
Resources for people with COVID-related disabilities
On July 26, the White House published this comprehensive package of resources for people with disabilities, including people with COVID-related disabilities. We've created a page for these and other resources for people with COVID-related disabilities -- we'll add to it as more resources are available.
For Older Adults, People with Disabilities, Families, and Caregivers
National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness
The National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness provides detailed information about the seven goals of Biden Administration's coordinated pandemic response. The 198-page strategy document begins with an overview of the goals, followed by details on a variety of topics, many of which intersect the core missions of the aging and disability networks. Among the topics covered are home and community based services, vaccination communication, impact on at-risk groups, equitable access to PPE, and community-based, multi-sector efforts to align health and social interventions. The strategy reflects the White House's priorities for addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.
Follow your state's guidance
Decisions about community measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, as well as vaccine prioritization and distribution, will be made by local and state officials, The links in this section will connect you to some state resources.
The Maryland Department of Aging has implemented (June 2020) a statewide Caregiver Services Corps (CSC), with the goal of enabling older adults to remain in their homes with the support systems in place to do so.