The Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living

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The Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL), in partnership with the IL-NET National Training and Technical Assistance Center for Independent Living at ILRU and the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), used the CIL-NET platform to conduct a national survey of CILs to assess the impact of the pandemic and the impact of local, state, and federal policy actions on people with disabilities. This page summarizes findings from 144 survey responses completed between April and June 2020. For additional resources, visit the following pages:

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People with disabilities are at higher risk of COVID-19 exposure, infection, hospitalization, and death than those without disabilities. This situation is most evident in the shockingly high rates of COVID-19 mortality among residents of nursing homes, nearly all of whom are disabled. Most adults with disabilities live in the community, but they share many of the same risk factors as those who live in institutional settings (e.g. multiple comorbid health conditions, older age, frequent interactions with medical professionals and service providers). It is likely the recent surge in excess mortality is also concentrated among people with disabilities.

People with disabilities are an at-risk group that faces significant inequities in income, education, employment, housing, transportation, and community participation. Disability also intersects with other sources of disadvantage and discrimination, with higher rates of prevalence among racial, ethnic, gender minorities, and sexual minorities. Many people with disabilities also have chronic health conditions or injuries, and therefore require much higher levels of healthcare and support services than those without disabilities. This combination of limited resources and high needs creates a relatively thin “margin of health” and a much greater vulnerability to communicable disease.

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