Education and Employment Support for People with Disabilities During COVID-19

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The COVID-19 incident period ended on May 11, 2023. FEMA will continue to provide funeral assistance until Sept. 30, 2025, to those who have lost loved ones due to this pandemic.

Case Study Last Reviewed: July 17, 2020

Local jurisdictions and nonprofit organizations have compiled resources and offered video conferencing services for students and employees with disabilities who are learning or working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The following is a list of key findings and considerations for jurisdictions and communities regarding ongoing COVID-19 pandemic operations across the country. These are best practices for consideration and do not constitute or should not be considered as guidance in any way.

This document contains references and links to non-federal resources and organizations. This information is meant solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be an endorsement of any non-federal entity by FEMA, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, or the U.S. government.

Potential Best Practices

  • New York City has released resources on learning at home for students with disabilities, which include assistive technology support and specific occupational, physical, and speech therapy activities for students.
  • Special education teachers have mailed lesson plan packets in braille to students’ homes and arranged the pick-up of braille writers from local schools at designated times to maintain social distancing.
  • Kent-Sussex Industries, Inc., a nonprofit organization, is providing vocational training, employment, supported employment, community integration, transportation, day habilitation, life enrichment, and nutritional services to individuals with disabilities via Zoom calls.
  • Disability: IN, a nonprofit for business disability inclusion, has compiled resources to support those working from home during COVID-19.
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