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  • RespectAbility’s COVID-19 Pandemic and Vaccine Information for People with Disabilities

    RespectAbility has compiled an extensive list of COVID-19 resources for people with disabilities, including vaccine information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in easy-to-read formats, communications tools in a wide variety of languages and entire toolkits in American Sign Language (ASL).

    They also include a toolkit with steps for making events accessible for all and information focusing on accessibility, well-being and assistance programs from a variety of sources.

  • RespectAbility’s Virtual Education & Students With Disabilities Resource Guide

    RespectAbility’s Virtual Education & Students with Disabilities Resource Guide offers a student with a disability or an adult (parent, guardian, teacher or otherwise) who is championing success for a student with a disability a wide range of information for supporting student success in the time of COVID-19 and beyond.

    The toolkit includes virtual resource guides, homeschool programs, information on legal rights, special education resources, mental health resources and more.

  • Find a COVID-19 or Flu Vaccine Near You

    Hosted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and VaccineFinder from Boston Children’s Hospital, Vaccines.gov provides information and help with:

    • Finding a COVID-19 vaccine or booster or a flu shot at a location near you
    • Making an appointment
    • Answering frequently asked questions about the vaccines

    Vaccines.gov also provides a COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline in multiple languages at (800) 232-0233  or (888) 720-7489 (TTY).

    A Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL) providing COVID-19 vaccination support for people with disabilities is also available at (888) 677-1199 or  DIAL@n4a.org.

  • Illinois Rental Payment Program

    The Illinois Rental Payment Program (ILRPP) provides financial assistance for rent to income-eligible Illinois renters and their landlords who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are a renter in Illinois and are behind on rent due to COVID-19, you may be eligible for up to $25,000 and 18 months of emergency rental payments.

    Both renters and landlords can apply for assistance. Applications will be accepted through Jan. 9, 2022.

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Parents With Children With Disabilities

    Vax for All provides information to help take the stress out of making a COVID-19 vaccine decision for your child with autism and other disabilities. Resources on the website include:

    • Stories, videos and other kid-friendly disability resources
    • How vaccines work – explanations for children and adults
    • A vaccine appointment scheduling tool
    • Information about in-home vaccine appointments for children in Illinois

    Parents may text HELLO to (260) VAX-4ALL / (260) 829-425 to find information or chat.

    (Spanish) Para obtener información sobre cómo vacunar a su hijo, envíe un mensaje de texto con HOLA al (260) 829-4255.

  • Etiquette: Interacting with People with Disabilities

    People with disabilities are individuals with families, jobs, hobbies, likes and dislikes, and problems and joys. While the disability is an integral part of who they are, it alone does not define them.

    RespectAbility offers tips and resources to educate the public about etiquette and interacting with people with disabilities. Featured information includes:

  • How SSI and SSDI Can Help Patients

    The Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) provides valuable information and understanding to patients navigating the healthcare system.

    PAF’s Education Resource Library offers information on a wide variety of individual health and health insurance-related topics as well as understanding Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

    Many of PAF’s resources are also available in Spanish.

    PAF is also available by phone Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., at (800) 532-5274.

  • Navigating Health Insurance and the Health Care System

    The Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) provides valuable information and understanding to patients navigating the healthcare system.

    PAF’s Education Resource Library offers information on a wide variety of individual health and health insurance-related topics including:

    Watch their short tutorial “Welcome to the Education Resource Library” to learn how to find and share materials. Many of the materials are available in English and Spanish.

    PAF is also available by phone Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., at (800) 532-5274.