Covid-19 and People with Disabilities

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Covid-19 and People with Disabilities

Even in a crisis, people with disabilities have the right to live, work, learn, and access their community without discrimination. Are unable to access critical information? Do you have questions about your legal rights during this time? Do you need to speak with an attorney about a disability-related legal issue?

Yes, we are open

In order to protect the health and safety of our staff and ensure that we will be able to continue to provide high quality legal services, we will conduct meetings remotely and our office will be closed to the general public.  Our phone lines will remain open during regular business hours and people in need of legal assistance should call or email us to schedule an appointment to speak to an attorney.

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Know Your Rights

People with disabilities are more vulnerable to the impacts of COVID-19 as many have fragile health situations, receive school-based supports and services, depend on direct care staff for support with activities of daily living, and live in congregate settings where the risk of exposure is greater.  However, even in a crisis, people with disabilities have the right to live, work, learn, and access their community without discrimination.

Read our full statement on Covid-19 and people with disabilities

We have written to Governor Sununu thanking him for his leadership and quick action in addressing the needs of New Hampshire residents in response to COVID-19 and urging him to take additional measures to address the critical needs of adults and children with disabilities.

Read our letter to the Governor regarding the impact of Covid-19 on people with disabilities

National Disability Rights Network’s Know Your Rights during the COVID-19 Pandemic Video Series

Special Education and COVID-19

What does special education look like in a world of remote instruction? How should special education and related services be delivered to children at this time? What rights do parents and children have if they disagree with their school’s proposals or if there is a significant interruption in services? Hear from experts from Disability Rights Center-NH, ABLE NH, and the Parent Information Center as they discuss the current landscape and answer these and other related questions.

DRC-NH strongly opposes any effort that would undermine the educational rights of NH’s children with disabilities.

More information on children’s rights including special education is available here

Do you live, work, or have a loved one in a facility?

We need to hear from you about how institutions throughout the state are managing the impact of COVID-19.

  • Are staff being careful to wash their hands and use hand sanitizer?  Are they practicing social distancing (6 feet away) when possible?
  • Are they wearing protective gear when caring for someone who is ill?
  • Are there are staffing shortages at the facility?
  • Do you have access to medications, food, and other necessary items?
  • Do you have ways to communicate with friends, family and others, even if in-person visiting is limited?
  • Are you being abused or neglected, including extreme isolation, lack of human contact, and/or over–medicated?

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Information and Resources - New Hampshire Managed Care Organization COVID-19 Websites

If you have questions regarding your health care coverage and you use one of NH’s three Managed Care Organizations (MCOs), please see their COVID-19 specific websites below:

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If You Need Help

Contact us if you have a disability and you wish to speak with an attorney about a disability-related legal issue.

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