Barriers for those with disabilities/COVID19

“Simultaneously, we will do everything within our power to ensure that COVID-19 in not a threat to the civil rights of people with disabilities. America’s medical system must not discriminate against people with disabilities in need of treatment on the basis of a disability alone. America was built on certain inalienable rights, and even a pandemic should not threaten those”

These words make you wonder; or better yet, think twice about how the medical system truly treats people with disabilities. It’s hard to know if they won’t perceive people with disabilities as a threat until they are presented with such cases in the moment.

Vermont Public Radio

Laura Siegel was interviewed on April 20, 2020 at 2:30 pm by VPR host, Jane Lindholm. She was inquired about how the COVID19 has affected the Deaf community in Vermont. A transcript was later on added a few days after.

Disabled needs’ for food

As a person with a disability, it’s tough to do food shopping without fear. I, for one, have a hearing loss. I am concerned someone might sneeze or cough behind me, I wouldn’t be able to react in time to step away without exposing myself. People neglect to realize how severe it can be to wander with uncertainty. If I wanted to ask about certain items in the store, it’s moot to ask because everyone will be wearing a face mask. That’s an additional barrier right there. For some, it might seems like nothing but for others, it means a lot. I am grateful my town offered a volunteer to do the food shopping for me. Does yours if you considered yourself as a person with a disability that could be at risk?

A Tesco driver delivers food

Disabilities with Coronavirus

This could be eye opening for those who don’t have disabilities. People neglect to notice how much independence can be lost upon a person who has disabilities. Many factors to take into consideration of what it is like to function as a person with a disability dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic.

FaceMask

Dr. Zachary Featherstone said it best: “The masks block visual cues—including facial expressions, lip-reading, and emotions—all of which are critical for deaf and hard of hearing people to fully communicate and participate in the course of care” (ClearMask website, 2020). In addition to that population, it is helpful for many people who relies on facial expressions. It conveys subtle underlying meanings that many people could overlook. 

COVID 19

Do you have any patients currently experiencing COVID19? Do you feel you know the step-by-step process of what to do with that under served population? Feel free to contact me for a consultation on how to deal with them.

My goal is to put your mind at ease on what need to be done to better serve people with disabilities.

Here are some excellent videos established by CDC in ASL on the Coronavirus.