INDEPENDENTLY LIVING

THROUGH COVID-19

Coronavirus Disease 2020

As a service organization for people with disabilities, we understand our population is one of the at-risk groups for contracting this virus. We remain committed to the community and all departments will be on hand to accept phone calls to assist our consumers. For assistance, please call 419.885.5733.

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Current Face Mask Ordinance Guidance (July 2020)

WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER

Whether you live with a disability or not, and no matter your age, what we are now all going through together is unprecedented in our lifetimes. Never have we, as a country and planet, been called to drop everything, to shutter our communities and homes – to separate from our friends, families and neighbors, our workplaces, churches and schools – to save ourselves and our fellow citizens from an invisible, spreading danger “out there.”

We’re aware of the projections. We’ve learned about the curve. We are listening to our leaders and their medical advisors, and we are adapting our lives as best we can to mitigate and minimize the final outcome. We, here at The Ability Center, are fully aware that people living with disabilities and people over 60 – a vast majority of the people we serve – are two overlapping populations deemed “at risk” from potential complications of COVID-19. Like many of you, most of us here are compromised in one way or another. We, too, feel your concern; your fear.

We understand for many whom we serve, the isolation we are all feeling these days by choice and by necessity is something they know all too well – maybe for a lifetime. At the same time, some we serve, who depend on attendant support – for help with independence – are unable to isolate, by necessity. Their risk of exposure is exponentially greater, especially if their Personal Care Attendant attends to others as well. It’s another “no win” situation for an already compromised population.

Add to these all of the other issues we are facing as a community: the “aloneness” of social distancing and self-quarantining, travel, need for food, health care, homeschooling, rent, bills … and folks are carrying pretty heavy loads.

Stay safe. Be well.

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Dan Wilkins
Director of Special Projects

WEBINAR RECORDINGS

HELPFUL ARTICLES

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Reopen Ohio Fact Sheet

As businesses and community organizations begin reopening, it is important to keep physical and programmatic spaces safe and socially distanced opportunities accessible for all. Consider us a resource for reopening guidelines. Contact us or download our fact sheet.

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Connect Virtually - App Tutorial

Youth and young adults with and without disabilities are needing connection like never before. Discover online-based resources along with tutorials designed for people to watch, engage, and experience together.

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Grocery Tips

For people in wheelchairs who push with their hands, the floors of stores are more than likely contaminated by those coughing and sneezing. Rolling wheels on a contaminated floor leads to a high potential for transfering to wheels, hands, sleeves, vehicles and could eventually containment your home. When possible, ask a family member or friend to purchase groceries and leave them at your doorstep.

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Special Education

Homeschooling during a pandemic can be difficult - for parents trying to navigate homeschooling and access to special education services for their children, it's even more difficult. View this FAQ created by Disability Rights Ohio on school resources for students with disabilities.

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The Future of Working from Home

The outbreak of COVID-19 prompted many employers to shift to a remote work model to limit the spread of the disease to employees and clients. Video conferences are the new platform to meet with co-workers or connect with outside agencies. While these applications keep us productive – consider accessibility for all employees when landing on an agency-wide system. View accessibility best practices for work from home platforms here.

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Homemade Masks

If you have to go out in public – it is strongly suggested to wear a mask to cover your nose and mouth to prevent disabilities. Shown here is the Surgeon General showing easy steps to make a homemade mask.

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Five Strategies for Safe Shopping in the Time of COVID-19

You may see some people aren’t practicing social distancing at grocery stores, but some people do not have family or friends to shop for them. View strategies here for buying healthy food in the time of COVID-19.

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How to clean your mask

It is important to clean cloth face masks regularly. By following these guidelines, you can continue to use your cloth mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


Unemployment Benefits

Ohioans can apply for unemployment online 24 hours a day, seven days a week,
at unemployment.ohio.gov. It also is possible to file by phone at (877) OHIO-JOB (1-877-644-6562) or TTY at (888) 642-8203, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m

Case Process

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