Coronavirus (COVID-19) Disability Resources

March 31, 2020

The IL-NET National Training and Technical Assistance (T&TA) Center at ILRU is providing support to centers for independent living and statewide independent living councils as we all navigate the unprecedented times of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We are sharing these resource below in support of the communities you serve. Please email us at with examples of how you are communicating with consumers in your communities and the resources you have found helpful. Visit the ILRU Resources on COVID-19 webpage for daily updates.


We intend to post this and all examples with the understanding that these are only examples of how one CIL or SILC has addressed important emergency-related matters in their organizational policies and procedures and that other organizations should adopt only those of the examples that fit their organization’s circumstances. Each organization is responsible for ensuring compliance with federal, state, and local laws and directives.

This is an update shared by Dan Kessler, Executive Director, Disability Rights & Resources in Birmingham, Alabama. These materials have not been reviewed by ACL; therefore, no assumptions should be made regarding compliance or cost allowability.


Disability Rights & Resources continues to actively monitor the information from health officials about the coronavirus (COVID-19). We are working to maintain a safe work environment and protect the health and well-being of our consumers, staff, and community. Disability Rights & Resources has canceled all drop-ins, group events, and in-person outreach scheduled through March 31, 2020. Our staff are still available to help meet consumers’ needs via email or telephone. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-date information about us.


We are encouraging readers to take a look at this document and add to it as you see fit; it is editable by anyone you choose to share it with because we want to encourage the sharing of information with all our communities during this time. The elderly, many people with disabilities, and people with chronic illness are more vulnerable to COVID-19. We are asking people to do everything they can to follow CDC guidelines and self-isolate where they are able. The National Council of Independent Living (NCIL) has continually updating resources and information relevant to people with disabilities and the broader community, and you can view that here.


The staff at Disability Rights & Resources have created a Coronavirus Resource Center to help you navigate options available to you during this crisis:


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Disability Resources 


Mental Health Resources 


Social Distancing Resources, Entertainment, Mental Health, and much more – credit to Shreya Pokhrel


Managing stress and anxiety: CDC resources


Managing stress and anxiety: NPR resources


Central Alabama Wellness: a state mental health resource


Resilience: the parents’ guide to resilience and what it means


Southern Region and National Sources 


Social Security Administration: all local offices closed, find updates here on how to get what you need during the crisis


Southern Economic Advancement Project: information on various southern state actions and programs


Administration for Community Living: resources and updates from government, policy impact, and more


Families First Coronavirus Response Act: information on the new law


Southeast ADA Center Resources: a resources list from the Southeast ADA Center


National call to action: call to action for assistance and awareness of needs


National Council of Independent Living: continually updating resources from the NCIL on legislation and information relevant to people with disabilities and the community at large.


Disability Rights & Resources

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Birmingham, AL 35203






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