wheelchair user holding a surgical mask

On Thursday, April 16th, National Cabinet (State, Territory and Federal leaders) agreed to release the Management and Operational Plan for COVID-19 for People with Disability.

A childs hands holding heart shaped soap.

If you are supporting someone who lives with Sensory Processing difficulties, then explaining the need for good hygiene practices to "stop the spread" can be made easier with visual resources. 

In learning about COVID-19 and the capability of the virus to live on surfaces for extended periods, the implications for cohorts of people with a disability such as wheelchair users require some extra care. More than a case of frequently washing your hands, you need to also clean your wheelchair and components.

Text reads "COVID-19 IDEAS does information so you can do life."

There is a lot of information being shared about Coronavirus (COVID-19). IDEAS has put together this information for people with a disability about COVID-19. If you want to know more, start here.

Image of lady wearing a medical mask using her mobile device on a couch.

The COVIDSafe app was launched on Sunday, April 26, 2020, with its main purpose being to slow the spread of COVID-19. The Government is confident it will help to find and contain outbreaks in a quicker timeframe, thereby allowing the easement of restrictions whilst still keeping people safe.

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COVID- 19 restrictions have created opportunities for peer groups and families to connect and meet in different ways. Online and offline, people with like-minded interests are communicating and sharing. Support groups have been moving to video-calls. Virtual coffee catchups are in. We also highlight FriendLine, a phone service for a chat.

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Need to get coronavirus (COVID-19) resources in your language?

There is information about health, money and support.

A woman in a car with a medical mask is about to have a covid -19 test. A person off camera is holding a swab and container.

IDEAS has put together information on COVID-19 testing, locations, what to expect, where to find testing centres, how long results take and how to get help about access needs at testing clinics.

 

 

Woman using a wheelchair being shown a cuddly toy by her daughter

The COVID rules are different in every state. And they will keep changing. The rules cover things like work, going out, meeting people, school, cafes, clubs and travel. It is hard to say what they mean for each person with a disability. Some people with a disability have health reasons that mean if they got COVID-19 they would be very unwell. 

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In April, the Australian Government introduced a temporary initiative to offer free child care as a supportive measure to help families as the nation began to respond to COVID-19. This free child care assistance ends on the 13th of July. Read on to learn more.