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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources and Information

In an effort to assist dissemination of information on coronavirus for people with disabilities, NCD has assembled this list of resources from government and non-government sources.

For visitors to NCD

NCD is providing the agency’s procedure and guidance according to the Safer Federal Workforce Task ForceOMB, CDC, OSHA, and Executive Orders 14042 and 14043.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

To ensure compliance with an applicable nationwide preliminary injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees.

The agency is in the process of updating this website to ensure that this information is in compliance with the nationwide preliminary injunction and appropriately indicates that the vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 does not currently apply.

The purpose of this information is to provide implementation guidance for NCD’s Workplace Safety requirements. The information provided follows Safer Federal Workforce Task Force - PDF (updated September 13 ,2021), Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Memorandum 21-25 – PDF (issued June 10, 2021). As well as the earlier OMB Memorandum 21-15- PDF (issued January 14, 2021), Executive Orders 14042 and 14043, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidance on protecting workers, as well as additional recommendations and guidance from the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force.

COVID-19 Policy for Visitors

On September 13, 2021, the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force release update Agency Model Safety Principles for agencies to apply in the federal workplace, incorporating current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Effective immediately, visitors other than agency employees and on-site contractors entering Department building or facilities must:

● Acknowledge via a self-screening health questionnaire that they assessed their health for possible symptoms of COVID-19 on the day of the visit;

● Complete a Certification of Vaccination form attesting that they are fully vaccinated or present a negative COVID-19 test result from an approved test taken in the three days prior to entry.

EXCEPTION: Certification of Vaccination forms and negative COVID-19 test results are not required for visitors entering agency  building to obtain or collect a public service. The Certification if Vaccination form and negative test result (if required) will be reviewed , but not collected for the agency employee designated to meet the visitor at the point of entry and assist them with compliance with this policy. Visitors should coordinate well ahead of their scheduled visit with the employee designated to assist them.

Prospective visitors may access the self-screening health questionnaire and Certification of Vaccination form below:

General Information

Visit Coronavirus.gov for the latest official information from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Task Force at the White House.

For further information about coronavirus, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s coronavirus website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov. They also have a page specifically for updates.

Learn what the U.S. government is doing in response to coronavirus at www.usa.gov/coronavirus (en Español: gobierno.usa.gov/coronavirus).

The Administration for Community Living’s COVID-19 webpage at acl.gov/COVID-19 has information for older adults and people with disabilities.

 Civil Rights

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) published a BULLETIN regarding a person with disabilities’ civil rights, HIPAA, and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The Center for Dignity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities created a fact sheet aimed at raising awareness to healthcare professionals to ensure equitable care to people with disabilities during COVID-19.

A Guide to Disability Rights Laws. This guide, a publication of the U.S. Department of Justice, provides summaries of all major disability rights laws and appropriate federal contact information for more information. 

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) This U.S. Department of Justice website contains valuable information regarding ADA standards, technical assistance, new or proposed regulations, an ADA Help Line, a toolkit for state and local governments, and other valuable information.

ADA Information Line (800) 514-0301 (Voice) (800) 514-0383 (TTY). Regional ADA and IT Technical Assistance Centers (800) 949-4232 (Voice / TTY)

Social Security

Social Security Advisory Board has a page for COVID-19 information.

Medicare

Medicare’s coronavirus page at www.medicare.gov/medicare-coronavirus has information and updates.

Education

The Department of Education has a webpage devoted to information, including special education information for students with disabilities.

Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) put out a fact sheet on addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Preschool, Elementary and Secondary Schools while serving children with disabilities.

OCR also has a webinar on online education and website accessibility.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act This U.S. Department of Education webpage contains a link to the text of the law. 

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) created a Question and Answer document on supporting children with disabilities during the COVID-19 outbreak.. 

Housing

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has a page for COVID-19 information.

Employment

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) created a website for information regarding discrimination and the coronavirus at www.eeoc.gov/coronavirus/ This EEOC webpage explains what constitutes illegal discrimination on the basis of disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act and how to file a complaint. What You Should Know About the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and COVID-19

The Department of Labor’s Coronavirus Website has resources to help workers and employers prepare for the COVID-19 virus. The DOL Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) This U.S. Department of Labor website provides information about ODEP’s programs, initiatives, and grants. 

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) created Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 hat provides steps every employer can take to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 in the workplace.

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) Coronavirus website provides information about workplace accommodations and compliance for employers during COVID-19.

Transportation

The Department of Transportation has COVID-19 page with resources.

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