The global COVID-19 pandemic is affecting everyone in varied ways. For people with physical disabilities, barriers to accessing even basic needs are taking a significant mental and physical toll.
Those who receive daily support from their caregivers are afraid for their well-being and in desperate need of personal protective equipment. Additionally, many people with disabilities have weakened immune systems or underlying conditions, making errands like shopping for basic needs like groceries, hygiene products, and medications a major health risk.
The Disability Foundation has heard our community's call for help, and the six Societies we support have implemented new services and virtual programs that address some of the mental and physical concerns our community is facing as we go through this pandemic together.
Our support for the unique and emerging needs of people with disabilities during COVID-19 can be seen in the following ways:
- Continually surveying and working closely with program participants and partners to identify how to best serve people with disabilities
- Providing information and resources that help with navigating this uncertain time
- Creating an online community with free virtual programs and events (ConnecTogether)
- Working with partners to address top concerns of people with disabilities
- Providing COVID-19 health kits to those who need it most (Thank you Main St)
While the affiliated Societies are doing their best to be responsive to the changing landscape of the pandemic, we are already experiencing a detrimental effect on our ability to raise funds.
We are calling on your compassion to support our community of people with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are able, please make a tax-receiptable gift today.
Your generous support shows people with disabilities that they are not alone and that we are navigating this challenging and changing landscape together.
Thank you for your support during these uncertain times.
For further details on COVID-19 strategies and activities, please visit the Societies online:
ConnecTra Society | British Columbia Mobility Opportunities Society | Tetra Society | Vancouver Adapted Music Society | Disabled Independent Gardeners Association | Disabled Sailing Association of British Columbia