What resources are available for people with disabilities?
Congress has taken steps to protect Americans with disabilities in the midst of this crisis. It is supporting Independent Living Centers around the country through $85 million in funding to continue to provide support services to people with disabilities living in their own homes. Congress has also provided $15 million for federally funded housing for individuals with disabilities (Section 811 housing) to help ensure these facilities can effectively cover COVID-19-related preparedness and response efforts.
I operate a non-profit agency that provides direct support to people with disabilities in their homes. What resources are available for my business?
Congress provided funds for the Small Business Administration (SBA) to offer loans to non-profit organizations in need of help to cover payroll and operating expenses. Those funds can help non-profits to continue paying employees and to relieve debt. Information about applying for the funds can be found here.
Am I eligible for the stimulus check if I receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)?
Individuals who receive SSI and SSDI are eligible for the direct payment as long as their income does not exceed the limit.
The direct cash payments would provide $1,200 for a single adult, $2,400 for married couples, and $500 for each child under age 17. The rebate is reduced depending on your household income. The value of the rebate will be reduced over the following income ranges:
- Single Filers: Phase-out begins at $75,000 and ends at $99,000.
- Heads of Household: Phase-out begins at $112,500 and ends at $146,500 for a family of 2; this will be higher for larger families.
- Married Filing Jointly: Phase-out begins at $150,000 and ends at $198,000; this will be higher for families with children.
If I receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), do I have to file taxes to get the stimulus check?
No. If you receive Social Security retirement or disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, the federal government will automatically send you the $1,200 stimulus check using information you provided to the Social Security Administration. If you have qualifying children under age 17 and do not normally file taxes, you may need to provide the IRS additional information to claim the $500 payment per child. If you only began receiving Social Security or SSI benefits in 2020, you may also need to provide the IRS additional information to get your check. Information on who must provide this information and how to do so can be found here: https://www.ssa.gov/coronavirus/
What do I need to do if I am older and have a disability?
The Administration on Community Living at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has a set of resources that can help. The site includes steps to protect yourself, early warning signs of the virus, and links to state departments of health.
How can I get some information about COVID-19 if I am deaf?
The National Association of the Deaf has created a video with captioning and American Sign Language that explains CDC-endorsed information about how to prevent the spread of the virus and how to stay healthy.
Where can I get information about coronavirus that someone with an intellectual disability can understand?
Additional resources from the American Association on Health and Disability can be found https://www.aahd.us/covid-19/
Last Updated: April 17, 2020