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COVID-19 Reports and Articles

Second Class During the Pandemic 

How Nebraska Discriminated Against People with Disabilities

People with disabilities have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic because the virus is more likely to be lethal for those with an underlying medical condition, those who are elderly, people with serious mental health diagnoses and those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Read the full report by clicking here.

Compensatory Education as a result of COVID-19
Did your child's education suffer due to COVID-19? If you have a student who receives Special Education services and COVID-19 interfered with their education, they may be eligible for Compensatory Education Services. For more information on Compensatory Education Services.

COVID-19 Vaccines & People with Disabilities
Nebraskans over the age of 5 are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. All three vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson) are free to everyone. Widespread vaccination is one of the best ways to put an end to the pandemic, so eligible individuals should get the vaccine as soon as it is available to them  Find COVID-19 vaccine resources for people with disabilities.

Equal Access to Healthcare
Both the possibility of discriminatory care rationing - or restricting some peoples' access to health services due to limited resources - and lack of accessibility to COVID-19 testing have extremely negative implications for members of the disability community. Learn how we're advocating for equal access to care and testing.

People with Disabilities Living in Facilities
Congregated living conditions enable the spread of COVID-19, making individuals with disabilities living in facilities some of the most susceptible to this virus. Read about the actions Disability Rights Nebraska has taken to protect and advocate for this population.

To stay informed on the status of facilities and the individuals living in them, we are asking individuals who are living in a facility, have recently been in a facility, or know someone who is living in a facility to complete our facilities monitoring form.

Protecting the Rights of Students with Disabilities
The education landscape has changed dramatically due to this virus and its communicability. Needless to say, the learning environments of students with disabilities have been affected by COVID-19 in a variety of ways. Learn how to advocate for students with disabilities during COVID-19.

Housing Issues during COVID-19
Stable, affordable housing is important for everyone, especially people with disabilities. With a struggling economy and sky-rocketing unemployment rates, thousands of Nebraskans are struggling to afford rent. Find housing resources during the pandemic.

"A Widening Divide" Report
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Disability Rights Nebraska has been working to investigate conditions for people with disabilities. We’ve compiled our findings into a report, lifting up specific areas of concern and calling for action on the current unmet needs still impact Nebraskans with disabilities. Read our report on how Nebraskans with disabilities have been left behind during COVID-19.