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Thursday, April 2, 2020




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World Health Organization Release Disability Considerations During The COVID-19 Outbreak



In March 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of a COVID-19, to be a pandemic, due to the speed and scale of transmission.

In response to the outbreak WHO and public health authorities around the world are taking action to contain the virus. For certain groups of the population, such as those with disability, the impact of COVID-19 may be more significant. To support key stakeholders, to mitigate the impact of the virus on persons with disabilities, the WHO have released a document, with the simple actions and protective measures that should be taken by each group.

Released on the 19th March, the document explains why additional considerations are needed for people with disabilities during the COVID-19 outbreak and the actions stakeholders can take to minimize the risk the virus may have for persons with disabilities.

To read more on this story, click here: World Health Organization Release Disability Considerations During The COVID-19 Outbreak


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Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty



Reach out, communicate with people, maintain a positive attitude, start a new hobby!

Human beings like certainty.  We are hard-wired to want to know what is happening when and to notice things that feel threatening to us.  When things feel uncertain or when we don’t generally feel safe, it’s normal to feel stressed.  This very reaction, while there to protect us, can cause all sorts of havoc when there is a sense of uncertainty and conflicting information around us.

A large part of anxiety comes from a sense of what we think we should be able to control, but can’t.  Right now, many of us are worried about COVID-19, known as the “Coronavirus”.  We may feel helpless about what will happen or what we can do to prevent further stress.  The uncertainty might also connect to our uncertainty about other aspects of our lives, or remind us of past times when we didn’t feel safe and the immediate future was uncertain.

To read more on this story, click here: Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty



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FREE Online Inclusive Dance Starts 10 a.m. Monday, April 6th



Join us! #inclusion #creativeaging #dance #kids #IDD #homeschooling

Regardless of how much toilet paper you may have, I'm sure you're experiencing some ups and downs as we all adapt to social distancing. For the short-term, we're keeping our friends and communities safe by staying close to home.

So here's something fun: Starting Monday at 10 am EDT, join me weekday mornings for a FREE 30-minute dance blast . We’ll be warming up our bodies with fun music and easy-to-follow dances. This class is perfect for all ages and ability levels, so put on some comfy clothes and dance like no one’s watching.

To read more on this story, click here: FREE Online Inclusive Dance Starts 10 a.m. Monday, April 6th



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Things To Do During COVID-19 - For The Disability Community Or Anyone!




We are regularly updating this spreadsheet of things to do during COVID-19. Email alison.whyte@dc.gov to request additions or changes!







To see the list of things to do during COVID-19, click here: Things To Do During COVID-19 - For The Disability Community Or Anyone!



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HHS Warns States Not To Put People With Disabilities At The Back Of The Line For Care



This is a real concern!

With coronavirus cases continuing to climb and hospitals facing the prospect of having to decide how to allocate limited staff and resources, the Department of Health and Human Services is reminding states and health care providers that civil rights laws still apply in a pandemic.

States are preparing for a situation when there's not enough care to go around by issuing "crisis of care" standards.

But disability groups are worried that those standards will allow rationing decisions that exclude the elderly or people with disabilities.

To read more on this story, click here: HHS Warns States Not To Put People With Disabilities At The Back Of The Line For Care



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ANCOR'S Hospital Bill Becomes Law





This is such good news and will help many when they are hospitalized!
ANCOR American Network of Community Options and Resources 
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Want some good news to end the week? ANCOR's "Hospital Bill" just became law!

'At a time when things feel uncertain, confusing — scary, even — it’s important to remember just what we're capable of when we all come together.'

 Shannon McCracken, ANCOR's VP of Government Relations

To read more on this story, click here: ANCOR'S Hospital Bill Becomes Law



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Making Hand Sanitizer For Our DSP’s On The Front Line



We are blessed to have such dedicated employees, Rhonda, our Training Coordinator, is spending her day making hand sanitizer so that we have enough supplies. Thank you Rhonda, and the rest of the dedicated employees at RCM that keep everything moving...especially to our DSP’s on the front line! We appreciate you! #DSPHeros #dspsrock




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