They are two autistic people who need everyday supports, such as assistance with tasks such as cooking and taking care of themselves in order to live in their own homes. The COVID-19 epidemic has made it apparent than ever before how critical these supports, also known as home as well as social services, are for individuals living with physical and mental impairments.

People With Impairments Are Unable To Return “Normalcy” State After Covid

The United States Congress is now working to approve a final COVID-19 recovery package, which gives their nation the opportunity to invest in these vital programs. However, we are concerned that people with disabilities could be left behind once again.

People With Impairments Are Unable To Return "Normalcy" State After Covid

As the director of the Autistic Self Lobbying Network, Julia works to advance disability rights via legislative advocacy and public education. ASAN started monitoring COVID-19 fatalities in facilities for persons with disabilities in April 2020, with the first death recorded in April 2019. This study has shown what we’ve long suspected: that the acts of our government may make the difference between a society in which individuals like us are provided with the support they need to thrive in their community and a society in which we are abandoned perish.

Chris says that his services were nearly entirely suspended until the situation was stabilized. He was concerned that if he did not have his staff and support, all of his development would be gone, and he would lose everything, including his communication capacity. They have worked hard to develop a curriculum for me that is focused on his interests and provides him with a variety of choices on a daily basis.

All of the people who deal with me believe he is intelligent. It has had a profound impact on his whole life. Thank goodness Chris’ services have been restored, but his story serves as a reminder that home and community-based assistance may be lifesaving in many situations. They enable individuals with impairments to live independent lives and keep us away from potentially hazardous crowded situations.

Those working in communal settings such as prisons, group homes, and institutions have known for ages that abuse, neglect, and inadequate sanitation are common. As an example, in 2007, 94 percent of nursing facilities were penalized for failing to comply with federal health regulations, and this figure has not decreased in subsequent years.

People living in congregate situations have consistently accounted for 30 percent to 40 percent of all fatalities in the United States during the epidemic. As a result, disability activists were not shocked when COVID-19 started spreading across facilities, many of which had previously been found to have violated safety regulations. 

As per the American Society on Aging (ASAN), approximately 185,000 individuals with disabilities have died in congregate settings since the outbreak started, according to the American Society on Aging (ASAN). As disability rights activists, we both want more individuals to be able to get assistance in order to live independently in their communities. Currently, individuals who receive Medicaid services and need a particular level of care are entitled to get those services inside an institution, but there are frequently years-long waiting lists for those who would prefer to receive such services in their homes.