The Expanding the Public Health Workforce DD Network Collaboration Project will help people with IDD and other disabilities safeguard themselves against contracting COVID-19 and gain necessary supports to recover from problems associated with the pandemic. Through brief legal advice, extended assistance, direct legal representation, training, or information and referral, Equip for Equality will engage in a variety of self-advocacy support and legal assistance activities to help people with disabilities transition from congregate settings to places in the community to reduce their chances of contracting COVID; advocate for more healthcare staff in institutions; secure proper placements and supports for students affected by changes in learning; and promote an increase in the public health workforce by providing support when employees and students need reasonable accommodations to continue working and learning.
Equip for Equality's performance target is:
By August 30, 2024, Equip for Equality's (EFE) PHWDD Project will prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19-related issues and promote and protect the health of people with developmental and other disabilities in the community where they live, learn, work, and play by:
- Educating, advocating and litigating to increase institutional diversion and help people with disabilities live in settings where exposure to COVID-19 is less likely to occur.
- Educating, advocating and litigating to increase the amount of public healthcare workers in prisons and nursing homes.
- Educating, advocating and litigating to ensure healthcare workers with disabilities receive the needed accommodations to safely perform their jobs.
- Educating, advocating and litigating to ensure students have access to safe learning environments where exposure to COVID-19 is less likely to occur.
- Educating, advocating and litigating to ensure students receive appropriate social/emotional and behavioral supports to successfully learn.