The measures that were taken by virtually all countries in the world to reduce the spread of the Covid-19 virus have been heavily affecting the lives of billions of citizens. Among these citizens those that rely on assistive technology for their activities and participation are particularly affected: care and support services (for example AT services, special needs education, peer support groups, mobility services) were reduced or stopped at all, accessible information was not available, online participation in classroom activities has become more difficult, continuous physical contact with assistive devices might hide additional infection risks, etc. etc.
Fortunately, there are many initiatives to re-organise services, using the internet and other communication networks, creating opportunities for people to get support and advice, share experiences and remain active participants in society, or even become more so than before. This is a challenge that we have to address together, learning from what others have developed or are recommending.
AAATE published on this page resources that are relevant for assistive technology users and the people that support them. Other organisations are unlocking resources as well, but in our case, we wanted to focus on the resources that explicitly address barriers and opportunities related to Assistive Technology and Accessibility.
This effort is not based on a systematic collection of resources, but builds on what we have received from AAATE members and other colleagues worldwide.
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Guidelines and Recommendations
- Disability considerations during the COVID-19, WHO Publication
- UNICEF COVID-19: Considerations for Children and Adults with Disabilities.
- International Disability Alliance COVID-19 Resources
- European Disability Forum COVID-19 Resources
COVID-19 and education: Use technology for a more inclusive
- Covid-19 and education: Use technology for a more inclusive approach by Katerina Mavrou (AAATE president)
- Creative use of technology during Covid 19 pandemic, AT&ME
- Wheelchair and Assistive Technology Users: PRECAUTIONS for COVID-19 by Axelson, P.
- Washing hands Videos: Coronavirus – Recommendations for People with Disabilities, from Rede de Reabilitação Lucy Montoro (in Portuguese, including Sign Language interpretation).
- Original version, incl. audiodescription: Coronavírus : Recomendações para pessoas com deficência
- Version with English subtitles: Coronavirus – Recommendations for People with Disabilities
- Version with Spanish subtitles: Coronavirus – Recomendaciones para personas con discapacidad
- Key Terms Regarding Online Learning and Education Technology: A Resource for Educators and Parents During the COVID-19 Disruption by National Center for Learning Disabilities
- Responding to Coronavirus, Assistive Technology for all.
Easy-to-Read, tools & other accessible format information
Covid-19 Accessible information
- COVID-19 Easy-to-Read Information by Inclusion Europe
- COVID-19: We do not afraid and we protect ourselves (in Greek)
- COVID-19 Information By and For People with Disabilities, by Green Mountain Self-Advocates
- Information on COVID-19 in International Sign Language, Mill Neck
Communication Boards and Apps
- Key vocab and an explanation of Covid 19 for AAC users (Grid3* format), provided by Smartbox gridsets
- Covid-19 Comm-board (Grid3* format), provided by Smartbox gridsets
- What is COVID-19 (in Greek), provided by MK Prosopsis
- COVID-19 Resources from ISAAC
- Captioning With Zoom Rooms, Zoom help center.
* The Grid3 communication software
Statements and Position Papers on COVID-19 and the situation for people with disabilities and older adults
- Preventing discrimination against people with disabilities in COVID-19 response, UN News
- The COVID-19 response must be disability inclusive, The Lancet Public Health 2020
- Statement from the President and Members of the National Executive Committee of the British Society of Gerontology on COVID-19
- Human Rights Based Approach Guideline on Disability Inclusion in Covid-19 Response, by the Pacific Disability Forum
- Disability, Access to Education and the Pandemic, by McCall, K.