The Arc of Pennsylvania is leading efforts to assure that people with disabilities have the information, access, and resources they need to navigate safely through the Covid-19 pandemic and other emergencies. Our focus is on statewide, systemic change so that gaps in health access do not occur, especially in minority and rural communities which experience the highest amount of disparities and inequities.
People with disabilities have always experienced health disparities, COVID-19 has shed light on these issues. Our document, “What We Know Now” explores past research on the topic.
Our Current Work
Statewide efforts include investigating, educating, and reporting on challenges and solutions that Pennsylvania’s disability community, and its diverse populations, have in accessing appropriate information and help during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tell Your Story
In what ways have you or a loved one been impacted by healthcare access difficulties? This could include, but is not limited to, problems with any healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, dentist, etc.) or insurance or waitlist difficulties.
We have been listening and learning about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on people with disabilities in Pennsylvania. Here is what we know.
Many organizations nationwide are interested in studying similar issues. We complied a list of reports that give recommendations through their various states and agencies.
As we move through our work, we will share important strategies and recommendations for emergency preparedness that fully considers equity and access for people with disabilities in a pandemic.