Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
The CDC is the nation’s health protection agency, working 24/7 to protect America from health and safety threats, both foreign and domestic. The CDC increases the health security of our nation and provides factual information on disease control and best practices.
World Health Organization (WHO)
WHO works worldwide to promote health, keep the world safe, and serve the vulnerable. WHO also provides daily Situation Reports, rolling updates, research, and FAQs.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
FEMA is working with the Department of Health and Human Services and state, local, tribal and territorial governments to execute a whole of government response to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and protect the public.
US Department of Education
A COVID-19 page with information and resources for schools and school personnel.
National Disability & COVID-19 Resources
Administration on Community Living (ACL)
As disability/COVID-19 guidance is updated, ACL will post or link to it on this page and share it through the ACL Updates email service.
Association for University Centers on Disability
AUCD provides COVID-19 policy updates.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
CMS has developed this toolkit to help you stay informed on CMS and HHS materials available on the COVID-19.
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)
HHS links to coronavirus.gov for updates.
Eldercare is a contact for local resources to support the elderly and their families.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
NAMI released the NAMI COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide to answer frequently asked questions regarding the intersection between Coronavirus, or COVID-19, and people affected by mental illness, their caregivers and loved ones. The guide features FAQs on a variety of topics from managing anxiety and social isolation to accessing health care and medications.
Office of Civil Rights
You may file Civil Rights complaint if you feel a health care provider or government agency has discriminated against someone unlawfully.
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)
Information for special education and special education programs.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
SAMHSA recognizes the challenges posed by the current COVID-19 situation and is providing the following guidance and resources to assist individuals, providers, communities, and states across the country. SAMHSA stands ready to assist in any manner possible.
Parent to Parent USA
Parent to Parent USA (P2P USA) is a national nonprofit organization that promotes excellence in P2P programs across the nation. P2P USA supports a national network of Parent to Parent programs to ensure access to quality emotional support for families of individuals with disabilities and/or special health care needs.
Texas Disability & COVID-19 Resources
Disability Rights Texas (DRTX)
DRTX works to ensure that children and adults with disabilities are treated with respect and dignity where they live, work, and go to school.
Office of The Texas Governor
The COVID-19 webpage provides links to resources, announcements, and more.
Project REDD (Research & Education on Disability and Disaster)
Multiple resources for disaster and disability. Notably a searchable database by keyword/zip for resources and supports, tips for first responders, and more.
Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)
The DSHS promotes and protects the health of people, and the communities where they live, learn, work, worship, and play. DSHS provides a COVID-19 case dashboard where you can find the number of COVID-19 cases currently in Texas. Public Information Call Center: 877-570-9779
Texas Education Agency (TEA)
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) continues to work with the Office of the Governor, Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) to coordinate and plan the state’s response to COVID-19. TEA’s role in these efforts is to help coordinate the flow of information from the state to districts, help districts solve problems, and provide guidance that will aid in districts’ decision-making.
Texas Work Force Commission (TWC)
TWC provides information for COVID-19 employers, jobseekers, unemployment benefits, and child care.
The University of Texas at Austin School of Law
The Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic at The University of Texas School of Law tracks what policies the State of Texas and local jurisdictions are adopting to help residents stay in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying financial crisis.
Coalition of Texans with Disabilities
CTD is working to ensure that persons with disabilities may work, live, learn, play, and participate fully in the community of their choice. They focus on the areas of governmental advocacy, public awareness activities, and professional disability consulting to fulfill our mission.
Texas Parent to Parent
Texas Parent to Parent (TxP2P) is committed to improving the lives of Texas children who have disabilities, chronic illness, and/or special health care needs. TxP2P empowers families to be strong advocates through parent-to-parent support, resource referral, and education.
Psychology Tools has a free article out called “Living with Worry and Anxiety Amidst Global Uncertainty.” It has examples and methods written in plain language. Multiple languages are available.
Texas Center for Disability Studies Resources
TCDS offers a wide range of resources including:
Document on how to create accessible material for virtutal instruction.
PDF on how to create accessible material for virtutal instruction.
Wellness Guide Google Document
This particular list has a combination of resources (organized thematically), but it is largely focused on “wellness”—across the life span, and is updated often.
Learn about different aspects of plain language including:
What is plain language?
An example of a plain language resources
What is Universal Design Learning?
Let's Talk COVID-19
A list of resources from Informing Families Today and Tomorrow