Novel Coronavirus – COVID-19

ODLC created this page to provide you with links to resources, news, and other information important to people with disabilities regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It contains resources and links from us, our disability advocacy partners, state agencies, credible health organizations such as the U.S. Center for Disease Control, and local, county, and state governments and health authorities.

We also want you to know that during this time we are still here to help! Though our physical offices are closed to the public, we are still taking applications for our legal services, working on cases, providing online resources on our website and social media, and offering as many of our other services as possible using telephone and video conferencing technology. 

If you are having issues in any of the areas described in our resources below, or with other disability rights issues, please contact us as at 1-800-880-7755

RESOURCES FOR OKLAHOMANS IMPACTED BY CORONAVIRUS


Utilities:

Oklahoma Corporation Commission Statement on Utility Cuts Offs

Evictions:

The Supreme Court of Oklahoma issued an order telling Oklahoma courts to only hold emergency hearings until May 15, 2020.  Typically, evictions are not considered an emergency.  If you are a person with a disability who is facing eviction,  please call our office for assistance.

If you receive an eviction notice but do not have a disability you can find help at OKLegalConnect.org

Housing

Housing Finance Information

Freddie Mac COVID-19 Mortgage Help

Financial Assistance:
Need Help? Call 2-1-1

If you need assistance finding food, paying housing bills, accessing free childcare or have other concerns about how COVID-19 will impact you, please dial 2-1-1 for a free referral service available 24-hours each day.

The United Way:

The United Way COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund: 1-866-211-9966

Catholic Charities:

Central and Western Oklahoma: Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City

Eastern Oklahoma: Eastern Oklahoma Catholic Charities

Employment

Oklahoma Workforce and Jobs Resources

HEALTHCARE


SoonerCare COVID-19 Information
What are your communication rights in a health care setting?

If you are a patient in a hospital or other health care setting, you still have communication and other civil rights under Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—even during a pandemic. Hospitals and other health care facilities must meet your communication needs at all times. They also have an ethical duty to try to obtain your informed consent before treating or withholding treatment.

For more information and to download a free Communications Rights Toolkit visit: communicationfirst.org

Health Care and The ADA

Health Care and the Americans with Disabilities Act Fact sheet (available in English, Spanish and Large Print)

Changes to Nursing Home Visitation Policies

CMS Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Nursing Homes 

RESOURCES FOR OLDER OKLAHOMANS


Justice in Aging: COVID-19 Resources for Advocates Serving Older Adults

CDC Guidance for Older Adults

Older adults, 65 years and older, are at higher risk for severe illness. COVID-19 is a new disease and we are learning more about it every day. READ MORE

Social Security

Social Security and Coronavirus

Things are changing daily regarding social security beneficiaries so please subscribe to this SSA page for regular updates.

Administration for Community Living

What do Older Adults and People with Disabilities Need to Know?