COVID-19's Impact on People With Disabilities
- The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted people living with disabilities
- Health care providers should be knowledgeable about resources and tools available to ensure full access for their patients with disabilities
- Individuals with disabilities and caregivers should take extra steps to ensure their health and safety
- Individuals with disabilities should document their disability and/or accommodation needs either by updating their information through registration or their health care providers
People living with disabilities have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. As this particularly vulnerable segment of the population encompasses a variety of conditions and impairments, those with disabilities have faced many barriers throughout the pandemic. For example, they may be at a potentially higher risk of contracting the virus due to underlying conditions, have difficulty engaging in preventative measures or experience disruptions to health services they normally rely on.
As the pandemic progresses, it is critical for both individuals living with disabilities, and those who are their caretakers, to take the necessary steps to protect their health and well-being. Below, Zary Amirhosseini, MEd, disability program manager at Massachusetts General Hospital, discusses the impact of the pandemic on people with disabilities as well as tips for both individuals and caregivers to stay safe.
“COVID-19's Impact on People With Disabilities.” Massachusetts General Hospital, www.massgeneral.org/news/coronavirus/Covid-19s-impact-on-people-with-disabilities.