Position Statement on Alabama Health Orders Related to Long-Term Care Facilities
Accessible Alabama has issued a position statement on the implications of state health and social distancing orders related to COVID-19 on individuals with disabilities in long-term care facilities.
Medicaid Policy Recommendations
Accessible Alabama is a contributing author and principal signatory of statewide Medicaid policy recommendations for individuals with disabilities and other special health care needs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 Information By and For People with Disabilities
We have compiled critical information about COVID-19 for people with disabilities. Click the button below to view the information.
Alabama Ventilator Rationing Plan Withdrawn
The Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program (ADAP) filed a disability discrimination complaint over Alabama’s COVID-19 treatment rationing plan. After review by the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights, the State of Alabama withdrew its discriminatory policy, and instructed hospitals across the state that they cannot discriminate against people with disabilities in accessing treatment. See the press release from ADAP below, along with a statement on the original complaint.
Essential Worker Letter Template
Regarding Alabama’s statewide shelter in place order, individuals and agencies may use the following letter template to provide verification that select worker classifications are indeed essential employees.
State of Alabama Health Order – April 28
Gov. Kay Ivey released a new state health order implementing a “safer at home” policy statewide, to take effect after the expiration of the previous “shelter in place” order on April 30, 2020 at 5 p.m. Accessible Alabama wants to emphasize that home health workers, care attendants and persons of similar professions are exempted from any business closures in this order. (See section 7 for a list of businesses closed to non-employees.)
Lawsuit Chaallenging Alabama’s Lack of Safe and Accessible Voting During COVID-19 Pandemic
The state’s lack of safe and accessible voting practices amid the COVID-19 pandemic is the subject of a recent federal lawsuit filed against Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program. Accessible Alabama Executive Director Eric Peebles is a plaintiff in the suit, expressing his dedication to ensuring equitable access to all facets of community life for Alabamians with disabilities. Read more:
State of Alabama Health Order (4/29) Infographic