The internet is incredibly helpful and misleading. So how do you know who to trust? What information is accurate, and what is not?
When deciding what to believe, look for the thread of truth – the facts that are consistent even when found in different places. The other way to know you can trust the information on a website is if the site is from a trusted location, such as the government or an organization that has proved to be honest over time.
Rumor breeds fear and chaos. We encourage you to be careful when repeating information you are not positive is true. If you hear something you aren’t sure about, check it out or send the question to us. We will research it and find the answers.
Stimulus Check Information has moved to a new page for greater readability. Use this link to access information (Información en Español)
Do you need Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)? Use this link for info about contacting your Local Emergency Managers. You can also check out the Colorado Mask Project.
State of Colorado – Official Webpage
211 – 2-1-1 is a confidential and multilingual service connecting people to vital resources across the state. No matter where you live in Colorado, you can find information about resources in your local community. From any phone dial 211. Web access is https://www.211colorado.org/
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website – The best source of information for COVID-19. National and state-level data are available as well as ways to stay safe, what to do if you think you are sick, and how to help those around you during this pandemic.
Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing – Hub for information related to HCPF and updates on COVID-19. Information is organized by the audience ( Members, Providers, and Partners) and will be updated as the situation changes.
Colorado Department of Local Affairs
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment – For information on COVID-19 from the State
Colorado Emergency Management, Department of Public Safety – Information for County-level emergency management websites, telephone (office and 24 hour), emails and sms/txt alert systems in Colorado. In participating counties, you can follow the “alerts” link next to each of the identified counties to register for and begin receiving emergency alerts in that area.
Denver City website ♦ Cancellations, closures, and postponements ♦ Local Preparation and Coordination ♦ News and Media ♦ Support Services ♦ Donations and Volunteering ♦ Parking Enforcement Updates
Denver Regional Mobility and Access Council – Transportation updates – Stay Up To Date On Transportation Services
Denver Public Health – for more localized information
One Strong Voice: Information and Resources Regarding Medical Rationing – OSV participated in a call hosted by The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). They provided a list of resources including the #NoBodyIsDisposable campaign, and a Know Your Rights toolkit for people facing discrimination during medical triage. Link to the resource list.
RTD – RTD had created a page for their latest updates related to service and the health and safety warnings. Go to their page for the latest information and for more details about changes being made.
Other changes in effect:
2020Census.gov – Just one of the many services driven by the census count is emergency management. You have time now! Fill out your census online.
World Health Organization – WHO’s primary role is to direct international health within the United Nations’ system and to lead partners in global health responses.
When our situations and way of life changes so dramatically and quickly, we might not know where to go to find help. Others can be afraid or humiliated at finding they suddenly can’t survive on their own.
No one is expected to do everything by themselves. These resources are available for people who find themselves in a difficult spot. Reach out via phone or the internet and find out if you are eligible for assistance.
If you have a resource to share or find an error, send it via email to email@example.com.
Amazon offers its Prime service for a 50% discount if you have an EBT or Medicaid Card. Follow this link and check the details. Prime offers many upgrades and extras than its regular free service. (Including free shipping for many items.) And if you shop under smile.amazon.com and choose the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition, every purchase generates a small donation to your favorite charity.
The Action Center – near Colfax and Wadsworth in Lakewood is currently providing food to anyone who needs it (even if they live outside Jefferson County).
Benefits in Action is offering free food boxes with free delivery for anyone unable to get groceries and live in Denver or Jefferson County. Visit www.biaction.org or call 720-221-8354 to arrange delivery.
Care Coordinators COVID Resource List – This list contains a number of excellent links and resources unemployment, utilities, AA meetings, and more. In order to help protect our community from the spread of COVID-19, we are offering modified services of food and mail services only. Reservations to pick-up food are required, please call 720.215.4850.
Center for Health Progress Health Care Resource Guide for the Uninsured (English) or (Spanish) – A Health Care Resource Guide that Center for Health Progress put together to support people, particularly immigrants without documentation, to find health care at this moment.
CHANDA CENTER FOR HEALTH – is a direct services provider that includes acupuncture, massage, chiropractic, adaptive exercise, physical therapy, adaptive yoga, care coordination, behavioral health, primary care, and dental care. Some services are provided at the Chanda Center for Health and some at provider locations nationwide. Integrative therapies promote wellness and healing for acute and chronic conditions caused by physical disabilities. Better health outcomes and lower medical bills galvanized our pursuit of systemic change to have integrative therapies covered by Medicaid. They are offering some free classes that can be found through Chanda’s page directly.
Colorado Center on Law and Policy: COVID-19 resources for immigrant families – To Colorado’s immigrants — whether you had access to the legal immigration process or not — you matter, your families matter and your contributions to society matter. But even as we advocate for solutions to those injustices, and there are resources for you and your families.
Colorado Emergency Childcare Collaborative – Approximately 80,000 emergency workers have young children and are now without child care.
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – Protecting your finances during the Coronavirus Pandemic – Providing consumers with up-to-date information and resources to protect and manage their finances during this difficult time as the situation evolves.
Denver Emergency Food Access – Information about School and Student Meals, Denver Parks and Recreation Center Meals (Tasty Food), SNAP & WIC Benefits in Denver, Food Assistance at Pantries, and Food in Quarantine.
Denver Food Pantries Listings – including location, hours of operation, and services provided.
Denver Human Services – All Denver Human Services facilities will be closed to the public beginning Thursday, March 19, 2020, until further notice. See how to access our services online or call us at 720-944-4DHS (4347) for assistance.
Cancellations, Closures, and Postponements
Donating and Volunteering
Local Preparation and Coordination
News and Media
Emergency Services for People with Disabilities
Parking Enforcement Updates
Denver Property Tax Relief Program – Provides a partial refund of property taxes paid, or the equivalent in rent, to qualifying Denver residents.
DRCOG Aging and Disability Resources Information and Assistance line:
303-480-6700 – Provides information, assistance, and advocacy over the phone or email to understand your benefits and connect you with local providers.
Emergency Response Desktop Suite – For six months; at no cost, we are sharing a tool designed to make information and technology more accessible. The tool, an Emergency Response Desktop Suite is available to 500 Colorado adults with developmental disabilities.
Enrich: Coronavirus and Your Financial Health – Answers, tips, and advice for staying financially well during the COVID-19 pandemic
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Health First Colorado and CHP+ Providers and Case Managers: COVID-19 Information – The Department knows providers will have many questions about COVID-19 and will post updates on policies, codes and other important information to providers on this site. Communications will continue to be sent out via bulletins and newsletters. Contains many excellent links to additional information.
Hunger Free Colorado – Food assistance information for the state, not just Denver Metro. The site is updated regularly. The Food Resource Hotline is (855-855-4626), M – F (8 am – 4:30 pm).
Internet Essentials: Affordable Internet at Home Offers two months free internet with low costs after, and the option to purchase a laptop or desktop computer at a discounted price. For new customers, visit www.internetessentials.
Linguabee Sign Language Interpreting Services — Linguabee is offering Free VRI access at COVID-19 test sites for the Deaf community
Mile High Connects’ Denver Metro COVID-19 Housing Response Strategy community platform — This platform is designed for us to come together and stay abreast of various local and regional emergency housing-related responses to the COVID-19 crisis, share resources with one another, identify and elevate opportunities to coordinate strategic, longer-term efforts to stabilize housing in our region.
Housing Resource List — Compiled through the community platform described above.
NFBCO Assistance Hotline and Email — If you are a blind or low vision person in Colorado who needs assistance call us at 303-778-1130 extension 219 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
One Strong Voice: Information and Resources Regarding Medical Rationing — OSV participated in a call hosted by The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). During the call, they received a number of questions about what individuals can do to prevent states from developing discriminatory medical triage protocols. Link to the resource page.
Social Security & Coronavirus — Updates about what SSA is doing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Simple Dollar: A Guide to Auto Insurance If You’re Living Out of Your Car — This guide provides an auto insurance roadmap, so you can keep your vehicle in good standing while working toward a more permanent home. You’ll also find resources that can help you stay safe while living out of your car, and help transition into a more permanent place to live.
Xcel Energy’s response to COVID-19: A message from Xcel Energy CEO Ben Fowke – Xcel will not disconnect service to any residential customers until further notice. If you are having difficulty paying your bills, contact them and they will arrange a payment plan.
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We are committed to providing multiple options for people to stay involved in their community while maintaining the recommended social distancing. Therefore, we are offering a variety of interactive events online. Keep an eye on this page for upcoming webinars, Q & A sessions with your leaders and experts, informational offerings, and extra advocacy training courses.
If you require captions or an ASL Interpreter, please contact Shannon Secrest via email at email@example.com. Facebook events will have captions added once the live event ends and an ASL summary of the discussion.
Details for each event can be found below this week’s listings or click on the title to jump to the information.
Mon & Fri @ 12:30 – Come and share your lunch with Julie (or a CCDC Leader) offering updates, check-ins, and news for the day. (Facebook link)
CCDC Event Calendar
All information in this section is either from the CDC, WHO, or a CCDC trusted source.
There are twenty COVID-19 resources in ASL (9 additional went live over the weekend). The link above will take you to the full playlist. From there you can choose individual videos you would like to watch.
On Fridays, HCPF and other Disability Community leaders host webinars to update the community and answer questions. Follow the link provided to see the questions and answers from the previous sessions. (Link to Q & A). (Link to Series Information)
The Fraud Corner (4/9/2020) COVID-19 Purchasing Scams: As part of its Fraud Corner Series, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) is providing the following information and resources relating to Coronavirus/COVID-19 frauds and scams. This article deals with potential price gouging, price-fixing, and bid-rigging scams that can adversely affect making critical purchases during the COVID-19 crisis.
Dr. Emily Landon is the chief infectious disease epidemiologist at the University of Chicago Medicine. While she is talking about Illinois, the content applies to us all. She clearly explains the importance of social distancing and the threat we are facing for failure to comply. If you, a family member, friend, or anyone is struggling to understand why you can’t go about your life as normal, this is a good video to watch.
The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. Due to the ongoing supply shortages, you may have to reach out to your Local Emergency Managers. You can also check out the Colorado Mask Project.
The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.*
♦ Shortness of breath
*This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses.
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include:*
♦ Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
♦ Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
♦ New confusion or inability to arouse
♦ Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all-inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
YES and NO. Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread from person-to-person through respiratory droplets. Currently, there is no evidence to support the transmission of COVID-19 associated with food. Before preparing or eating food it is important to always wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds for general food safety. Throughout the day wash your hands after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, or going to the bathroom.
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
In general, because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, there is likely very low risk of spread from food products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient, refrigerated, or frozen temperatures.
NO. It is important to remember that people – including those of Asian descent – who do not live in or have not recently been in an area of ongoing spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 or have not been in contact with a person who is a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 are not at greater risk of spreading COVID-19 than other Americans.
Several countries currently affected by the new coronavirus outbreak are experiencing summer weather. Some viral illnesses, like the flu, seem to be less common in warmer months, but it is still possible to catch them during that time. Investigations are exploring the effects of temperature and weather on the spread of this new coronavirus.
There is no reason to believe that cold weather can kill the new coronavirus or other diseases. The normal human body temperature remains around 97.7°F to 98.6°F, regardless of the external temperature or weather. The most effective way to protect yourself against the new coronavirus is by frequently cleaning your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or washing them with soap and water.
NO. Viruses can change over time. Occasionally, a disease outbreak happens when a virus that is common in an animal such as a pig, bat or bird undergoes changes and passes to humans. This is likely how the new coronavirus came to be.
Learn what is true and false about the Coronavirus from the World Health Organization (Link to Page)
From Julie Reiskin, Executive Director, Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition
To ensure better outcomes for our community during this unprecedented time, Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition is being proactive, compassionate, and conscious in our response to COVID-19.
Please review the following related to our business operations effective immediately and ways you can support our community:
NOTE: If you encounter inaccessible documents, videos without captions, no ASL interpreters, or any other form of disability discrimination in relation to COVID-19, please send us an email at COVID@ccdconline.org. We will take action if necessary.
If you have any other questions or concerns regarding CCDC’s response to COVID-19, email us at COVID@ccdconline.org and a staff member will reply as quickly as possible.
Stay well and remember nothing about us, without us.
Your Friends at CCDC
Nothing About Us Without Us…Ever!
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A MESSAGE FROM KEVIN JOHN FONG of Elemental Partners.
Elemental Partners fosters, clear purpose, aligned principles and integrated practices to sustain healthy and equitable communities.
Pandemics are powerful phenomena. One moment, life proceeds per usual routines, and the next, we find ourselves scrambling over toilet paper. The Corona virus (COVID-19) has impacted our lives in every way and preventing transmission, while far from assured, appears to be straightforward.
An equally daunting challenge, however, is about how we are going to interact with one another as this crisis unfolds.
I remember a similar dynamic in another pandemic I lived through. The first cases of HIV/AIDS were reported when I was 19 years old. In those days, the modes of transmission were not widely known, prompting a widespread panic. We saw a proliferation of people wearing masks and gloves in public. People hoarding supplies. Acts of blatant discrimination and hatred abounded. Like today, the White House was more harmful than helpful. In fact, then President Reagan did not mention the words HIV/AIDS publicly until 1985, four years after the first cases were reported. In other words, we were on our own.
For the next dozen years, HIV/AIDS became my vocation and advocation. By day, I directed a project in Oakland Chinatown that offered everything from prevention/education to clinical care. After work, I facilitated support groups, delivered meals and meds to friends and clients, provided outreach at bathhouses and sex clubs, and took to the streets in protest. On weekends, I attended funerals.
While my friends back home were getting married and starting families, this pandemic defined my 20’s as a decade of grief and loss. I was 26 years-old when, after being asked for the eighteenth time, I promised myself that I would never be a pall bearer again. When I was 28, I had to decide whether to attend Michael’s or George’s funeral – because they were happening at the same time. At 29, I stopped recording in my journal the names of friends, lovers, clients, and colleagues who had died. The last entry – Robbie – was my 175th.
It was an unimaginably hard time – one that I would not wish on anyone. How ironic that my sons, who are now in their 20’s, are facing a pandemic, the ramifications of which are still unknown. Rafa is working at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, arguably the epicenter of COVID-19 in the U.S. Santi just returned home to finish the remainder of his semester online. Given what I had lived through, what guidance would I give them?
In a time when fear and othering are the norms, how might we act with love in the time of Corona?
Practice Social Solidarity
“Social distancing,” the term used to describe proximity restrictions to prevent transmission of viruses are a disruption of our cultural and social norms, and many people are still struggling with that. My family, friends, and hula brothers normally greet each other with hugs and kisses. We join hands in prayer. New greetings, such as the elbow and foot bump, are becoming acceptable and commonplace, but it’s going to take some time before we reach the level of connection, respect, and joy that a hug, handshake, or kiss express. If social distancing leads to isolation, fear and othering, this is a condition that can be as dangerous as the virus itself.
In the midst of practicing social distancing, it is important to practice social solidarity. In his NY Times op-ed, Eric Klinenberg writes –
In addition to social distancing, societies have often drawn on another resource to survive disasters and pandemics: social solidarity, or the interdependence between individuals and across groups. This an essential tool for combating infectious diseases and other collective threats. Solidarity motivates us to promote public health, not just our own personal security. It keeps us from hoarding medicine, toughing out a cold in the workplace or sending a sick child to school. It compels us to let a ship of stranded people dock in our safe harbors, to knock on our older neighbor’s door.
Stories of social solidarity are emerging everywhere.
All of these examples prove that, even though we have to practice physical distance, we don’t have to be socially distant. Social solidarity reminds us that we are not alone.
Could this be a turning point for you?
It was just another night out in San Francisco with my cousin Allister. I was 23-years old, and starting my career in the corporate management program at Macys. Allister mentioned that we were going to visit Billy before dinner. My heart raced. Billy was a model with thick brown hair, deep blue eyes, an arresting smile. I had a crush on Billy the moment I laid eyes on him seven years earlier.
When we arrived at his apartment, I expected Billy to answer the door as he always did, with his megawatt smile and perfect hair, surrounded by equally beautiful people, music blaring in the background. Instead the place was quiet and dark. We walked down the hall to his bedroom and there was Billy, emaciated and covered with lesions. It had been days since anyone had visited.
I left that apartment resolved that I would no longer pursue a career at Macy’s, and set my course on community service. Even though I never had the opportunity to tell Bill Richmond how he changed my life for good, I hope he knows that his passion for joy and beauty live on through me.
What do these times have to teach you? How might this pandemic inform your life’s work? How you are leading your life? No matter how old or young you are, keep your eyes, ears, and heart open, and be ready to receive some deep lessons that can impact your life for good.
Perfect fear cast out all love. Perfect love casts out all fear.
This scripture became one of my guiding lights during the pandemic. As a young gay man coming up in the AIDS years, there was so much to fear. I had to navigate relationships, media hysteria, concerned family and friends, and the prospect of surviving this epidemic and growing old alone. When Father John McNeill delivered his sermon on this scripture, my perspective shifted, and I began to seek out moments of perfect love in the midst of the sadness, chaos, and fear. Singing hymns with Tom in his final days at Coming Home Hospice sustained me. Making brownie sundaes with Scott to keep his weight up sustained me. Leaving notes of appreciation on my colleagues’ desks after another long day at work sustained me. Dancing with Gerard sustained me.
There are so many ways we can practice moments of perfect love. A simple wave or smile to a stranger can make a difference. Thanking folks at the grocery store, police folk, first responders, and health care providers who are working extra hard to provide for our needs makes a difference. We all have elders in our lives, whether they are our own relatives, friends, neighbors, teachers and mentors. Calling on them regularly so they don’t feel othered and isolated makes a difference.
In spite of the lack of support from the world at-large during those early years of HIV/AIDS, our small community made it through by holding on to hope and conquering our fear with perfect acts of love.
I don’t know how this pandemic will unfold. But I do know that the entire global community is in high alert. We have the power, choice and potential to practice social solidarity, embrace turning points, and treat each other with moments of perfect love.
The scientists, researchers and health care providers will find the ways to vanquish this virus and heal our bodies. It is up to the rest of us to vanquish the pandemic of fear and hatred, and heal our souls.
Questions for Reflection and Consideration
CCDC members have asked to hear from us about COVID 19 or the Coronavirus, and what it means for people with disabilities in Colorado. This memo will attempt to explain what we know to date. Please be assured that CCDC staff continue working (some from home and all of us safely), advocating, and ensuring the response efforts do not forget people with disabilities. We will also demand effective and accessible communication from all levels of government. If you encounter inaccessible documents, videos without captions, no ASL interpreters, or any other form of disability discrimination, please let us know immediately. We created an email address for this purpose firstname.lastname@example.org. Continue reading “The Coronavirus & People with Disabilities”
By SHELLY BRADBURY | email@example.com | The Denver Post PUBLISHED: | UPDATED:
A Denver police officer parked a marked patrol vehicle partially in a handicap spot at the headquarters for the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition last month, blocking access to a van driven by the coalition’s legal director, who uses a wheelchair. Continue reading “Denver police officer blocks handicap spot at disability advocates’ HQ during emergency call”
by: Evan Kruegel for KDVR Fox 31 Posted: Mar 5, 2020 / 10:12 PM MST / Updated: Mar 5, 2020 / 10:12 PM MST
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DENVER (KDVR) — The Denver Police Department has issued an apology after an officer was photographed parking in a handicap spot during an emergency call.
That handicap-accessible spot happened to be in front of the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition, which specializes in advocating for those with disabilities.
Photos show the officer taking up a portion of the handicap spot as well as the majority of the “access aisle,” used by many at the building to get in and out of vehicles. Continue reading “Denver officer photographed blocking handicap spot at disability advocates’ headquarters”
By Matilda Coleman- March 6, 2020 for Upnewsinfo.com
A Denver police officer parked a partially marked patrol vehicle in a disabled place at the Colorado Disability Coalition headquarters last month, blocking access to a van driven by the coalition’s legal director, who uses a wheelchair.
Legal director Kevin Williams said Thursday that he wanted to draw attention to the incident because he routinely receives complaints about Denver police parking in places for disabled people. Continue reading “Denver Police Park in place for the disabled at the headquarters of the disability advocacy group”