COVID-19 Resources

Able South Carolina continues to work closely with health officials, government agencies, and community organizations to monitor information about the coronavirus (COVID-19). We are taking serious precautions to maintain a safe environment and protect the health and well-being of our consumers, staff, and community. As always, we are committed to being here for our community.

This page will be continuously updated with the most recent resources and information for you. As always, if you have questions, please reach out at advocacy@able-sc.org or 803-779-5121.

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Office Closure Statement:

Due to the current status of the COVID-19 outbreak, we have decided to close our offices to the public and instead make all of our services available virtually. However, it is important to know that we are still here for you.

To be clear: our physical offices are closing, but our services are not. We are continuing to offer and increasing the number of remote service (telephone and online) opportunities and one-on-one services. We are still just a phone call or email away!

We know that this is a difficult time for our community, but we want you to know that we will get through it together. Able SC is still in your corner, making sure that your rights are protected and that the lives of people at high risk for COVID-19 are treated with the same importance as everyone else. We see you and we hear you!  Email us at info@able-sc.org or call us at 803-779-5121 to get started with one-on-one services.

How we are serving our community:

  • Ensuring people with disabilities have access to food, healthcare, education, benefits, and human connection.
  • Providing durable medical equipment (canes, walkers, AT chargers, wheelchairs, shower chairs, etc.)
  • Advocating for the rights of individuals who may not be getting access to services right now due to agency closings or lack of agency innovation.
  • Service coordination during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Mental health/social support by providing increased online peer support and mentoring.
  • Virtual youth support services that include e-Learning assistance, self-paced pre-employment lessons, peer mentoring, social emotional supports including yoga and mindfulness, and more.
  • Connecting individuals with all available resources through Information and Referral.
  • Representing people with disabilities on state/national emergency calls.
  • Long-term emergency planning on a state and individual level.
  • Assisting consumers with navigating their personal care attendants.
  • Services and activities that assist individuals with disabilities who are at risk of being institutionalized to remain in their communities.
  • Services and activities that assist individuals with disabilities to move from an institutional setting to a home in a community-based setting.
  • Services and activities that address the shortage of accessible housing.
  • Systems advocacy to ensure health equity in medical settings and financial independence in the months to come.
  • Offering recovery support by assisting people with finding employment, housing, benefits, etc. after the danger has passed.

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Where We Stand:

Medical Rationing During a Pandemic: The lives of every person are equally valuable, and every measure must be taken to prevent the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on any marginalized group including those with disabilities. Inappropriate application of medical rationing and triaging out individuals with disabilities is unacceptable, abhorrent, and damaging to the fiber of diverse communities. While COVID-19 poses a serious strain on resources, Able South Carolina reminds all decision-makers of their duty to uphold the civil and human rights of people with disabilities no matter the context. Read our full statement and rationale here.

Reopening Schools: As an organization led by people with disabilities, we are deeply concerned about the governor’s recommendation to reopen all South Carolina’s public schools in the fall. While he does suggest that students and families have the option to choose between virtual or in-person schooling, there are many flaws in this vague directive that puts the lives of people with disabilities—including disabled parents, students, and teachers—at risk. Read our full statement here.

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Note: We cannot guarantee full accessibility of all content from our external partners. However, if you have any issues understanding or accessing any of the information linked below, please give us a call at 803-779-5121 or email us at info@able-sc.org.

Additional Information and Resources:

Able SC recommends that you take the steps necessary to protect yourself and follow the guidance from SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as it is released. In addition to the steps needed to protect yourself from COVID-19, additional tips and information for people with disabilities are as follows:

Additional Tips/Information:

  • People with disabilities have the same rights to services and healthcare as everyone else, including choosing who provides assistance with their individual needs. These rights remain the same during any public health emergency or declared pandemic. Contact Able SC if you need assistance with navigating any barriers with accessing treatment, testing, and home and community based services.
  • During this rapidly changing situation, access to information is vital. Messages ranging from steps for prevention to news of community spread must be made accessible for everyone.
  • People with and without disabilities must stay rooted in the facts. Minimizing the risks and inciting panic are equally damaging and distract from reasonable preparation. We are encouraging individuals to focus on the facts that are being issued by trusted sources, such as SC DHEC and CDC.
  • Create a back-up plan if you require assistance with living independently and your supporters become ill, or if there are office closures. If you provide care to others, ensure that you also have a back-up plan.
  • Review your plan for alternate transportation in the event of service interruptions. Public transportation, taxis, rideshare, and other transportation services are a lifeline for people with disabilities who do not drive.
  • If self-quarantine is preferred or recommended, preparing to stay indoors for fourteen days may be outside of the norm for you. Contact your healthcare providers to discuss options for obtaining extended supplies of medical supplies and prescriptions. Stock up on other important supplies such as food, toilet paper, hygiene products, and cleaning supplies.
  • Connect with your local service providers now to make a plan so you are prepared for any potential closures.
  • Contact your health care and insurance providers to discuss your options for obtaining any extra medical supplies and prescriptions you need.
  • With any illness, medical help will be critical. Seek treatment as needed, and call Able SC if you find yourself referred to an institution like a nursing home or other institutional settings. You have the right to decide where you live.

The disability community is a population that faces higher risk of negative health outcomes from COVID-19. Below are two great resources to read more on the considerations of those risks: ACL’s COVID-19 Statement and this Forbes Article on COVID-19 and People with Disabilities.

Able SC is here and ready to assist our community. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our offices at 803-779-5121 or by email at advocacy@able-sc.org.

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