Starting September 25, 2023, the government is offering Free COVID Tests delivered directly to your home. For more information, order here.
In 2021, Long COVID was recognized as a disability and is recognized under the protection of the Americans with Disabilities Act. There are 500,000 people living in Orange County who are disabled. The COVID-19 pandemic grew the disability community with the number of positive cases 736,969 as of September 21, 2023, some of whom now live with Long-COVID.
For current numbers of cases visit OC’s COVID DASHBOARD: CLICK HERE
This number continues to grow weekly, despite several rounds of vaccinations being made available to the public. This is due to the fact people with disabilities, those with pre-existing conditions and older adults are the highest risk, as are those with underlying illnesses, those most vulnerable with recent injury/surgery recovery, immunocompromised individuals, those who have had COVID before experiencing complications and many others. For numerous members of the community – there has to be a new way of living life due to this risk, and those who are new members of the disability community.
The Dayle McIntosh Center (DMC) is a non-profit organization that focuses on core services and serves as hub organization with many referral resources, programs, and partners.
We believe information is power and are sharing the below vital resources available:
- General Tool Kit for People with Disabilities https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/humandevelopment/covid-19/toolkit-for-people-with-disabilities.html
- Resources in Braille: https://cidi.gatech.edu/covid/braille
- Easy to read resources: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/easy-to-read/index.html
- Accessible Word & PDF Documents: https://cidi.gatech.edu/covid/accessible
- Resources in American Sign Language (ASL): https://www.youtube.com/playlist?app=desktop&list=PLvrp9iOILTQatwnqm61jqFrsfUB4RKh6J
- Print, video and social media materials for people with Intellectual/Developmental disabilities (Toolkit): https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/humandevelopment/COVID-19-Materials-for-People-with-IDD.html
- Information for People with Certain Medical Conditions https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-with-medical-conditions.html
COVID-19 Vaccine Resources
- How Do I Find a COVID-19 Vaccine or Booster?: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/How-Do-I-Get-a-COVID-19-Vaccine.html
- Guidance for Vaccinating Older Adults and People with Disabilities: Ensuring Equitable COVID-19 Vaccine Access: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/clinical-considerations/older-adults-and-disability/access.html
- Guidance for Vaccinating Older Adults and People with Disabilities at Vaccination Sites: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/clinical-considerations/older-adults-and-disability.html
- Vaccinating Homebound Persons With COVID-19 Vaccine (Clinical Considerations): https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/clinical-considerations/homebound-persons.html
Resources for Schools
- Operational Guidance for K-12 Schools and Early Care and Education Programs to Support Safe In-Person Learning: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/k-12-childcare-guidance.html
List of COVID-19 Resources for People with Disabilities