The spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has led to a worldwide pandemic. Understanding how people with disabilities have been affected by COVID-19 is important as we navigate this unprecedented time. In July 2020, roughly four months after states began providing guidance in response to spread of the virus, 990 adults with disabilities from age 18 to 85 across the United States reported on topics related to how COVID-19 was affecting their lives.
HDI Consumer Advisory Council member, Joe Cowan, in collaboration with Kentucky Protection & Advocacy, invite people with disabilities (or family members of people with disabilities) to share their story about how COVID-19 has impacted them. Call 859-257-8104 or submit your story here. Thank you.
As part of Kentucky’s response to COVID-19, up to 38,000 Kentucky childcare providers will complete mandatory training to fulfill requirements to re-open their programs. Child Care Aware (CCA) of Kentucky, a program within the UK Human Development Institute (HDI), began working with the Division of Child Care (DCC) on May 20 to release training by June 1. Using a rapid development design, CCA/HDI staff developed the training and had it online on May 26 for DCC review and approval. The training was also provided with Spanish captions and translation of quiz questions.
ECE 020: Requirements for Reopening Child Care in Kentucky is offered at no cost to providers through HDI’s Online Learning Center found at hdilearning.org
The CCA Content Coordinators worked with DCC staff to develop training to promote and support the safety for their staff and the children they serve. This includes current regulations on healthy and clean environments; new and enhanced regulations for child care programs open during the COVID-19 state of emergency, and a refresher course on mandatory reporting of child abuse.
Approximately 6,500 providers have completed the training that went live on June 1. For more information, visit www.childcareawareky.org.
The University of Kentucky Human Development Institute (HDI) is collecting stories from individuals with disabilities about COVID-19 in Kentucky and how it affects people living with disabilities. Your story can add to the discussions state leaders are having about the impact of COVID-19. There are different ways to tell your story. Visit https://bit.ly/2VODkXu to attach a file that tells your story in video, audio, pictures or in written form. You may have someone help you fill out the form. You can also contact HDI by calling 859-257-8104 and share your story by phone or video relay service.
Anyone with a disability-related issue or question can contact Kentucky Protection and Advocacy at 1-800-372-2988. You do not have to be receiving disability benefits or be a U.S. citizen to receive assistance.
By completing this survey, you are giving the Human Development Institute at the University of Kentucky (HDI-UK) and Kentucky Protection & Advocacy permission to share your story in advocacy on behalf of individuals with disabilities during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Your personal information will not be shared, unless HDI-UK contacts you for written consent.