See important information below from Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD):
Congress and the administration are responding to the COVID-19 crisis in a variety of ways. It is important in this fast-moving decision process that the various relief and safety efforts meet the needs of people with disabilities.
Congressional efforts created so far include:
- The Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020. This bill requires that agencies "pay back" money that was moved from programs like the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research, and emergency heat funding when the crisis began.
- The Families First Coronoavirus Response Act which provides free coronavirus testing for everyone who needs one, including the uninsured. It increases paid leave,
- The Families First Coronoavirus Response Act which provides free coronavirus testing for everyone who needs one, including the uninsured. It increases paid leave, enhances unemployment insurance to people who are unable to work, and increases funding for food security program
- Students' civil rights under IDEA must not be waived and there should be increased funding for IDEA to support access to virtual education for students with disabilities
- Increased federal reimbursement for state Medicaid programs to help states respond to the crisis
- Include an additional $20 billion to support access to Home and Community Based Services
- Ensure people can access an emergency supply of medication
- Expand nutrition assistance - increased funding and expanded eligible food items
- Workforce support, including paid sick leave and paid leave for all workers, and paid family leave for caregivers of adults with disabilities and seniors whose programs have closed
- Support to make sure that online and other learning is accessible and meets the needs of students with disabilities
- Inclusion of all people with disabilities in emergency income relief, waiving of any asset and program limits that would be impacted
There are more congressional bills being created and we need to make sure that the voices and needs of people with disabilities are being addressed in them.
You can assure that happens by contacting your congressperson!
- If you know your congressperson call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 (voice) or (202) 224-3091 (tty) and ask to be connected to them.
- If you need to find your members of Congress, you can use this easy tool.
Ask that all emergency relief action includes the needs of people with disabilities. Specific talking points include:
- Protections for the civil rights of people with disabilities, including ensuring they are not forced into institutional settings (where they are also at higher risk) or discriminated against in access to care and treatment
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