With the global rise of COVID-19, survivors with disabilities are finding themselves in increasingly vulnerable positions. Not only are people with disabilities more at risk of contracting COVID-19, but they are also more likely to rely on support services that make social distancing nearly impossible. On top of that increased risk, they are more likely to experience victimization, particularly in times of unrest and isolation. Compounding all of these factors, they are less likely to get connected to services because of barriers. For survivors with disabilities, the social, physical, and resource barriers to receiving services may feel insurmountable because of this interconnecting group of challenges. However, there are advocates and individuals with disabilities across the country who are working to remove these barriers and improve services for survivors with disabilities. Their work is now more complicated because of COVID-19.
Survivors with disabilities are more vulnerable to COVID-19, its symptoms, and after-effects and must navigate complex and interconnecting roadblocks.
- Social distancing is difficult to impossible when someone relies on personal care attendants and/or frequent medical appointments.
- An overrun healthcare system makes it more difficult for people with disabilities to receive life-saving care and more difficult for trauma survivors to find medical resources.
- Survivors with disabilities may experience greater isolation as their limited avenues for interaction continue to close.
To help service providers navigate COVID-19 and its impact on survivors with disabilities, the Center on Victimization and Safety is collecting resources on prevention, managing the spread of COVID-19, and addressing advocacy needs. We have also included a news section at the end of this page with relevant discussions around domestic violence, sexual assault, people with disabilities, and COVID-19.
We will continue to update the following list of resources. If you are aware of additional resources, particularly resources specific to survivors with disabilities, please email Ashley Brompton at firstname.lastname@example.org.