#WeAreEssential: Tell Congress to Include the Paralysis Community in COVID-19 Relief Bills

#WeAreEssential: Tell Congress to Include the Paralysis Community in COVID-19 Relief Bills
 

People with paralysis and those who support them are being left behind!

Congress has passed several bills to respond to the coronavirus pandemic – but actions to date have not sufficiently addressed the critical needs of people with disabilities, their families, and the direct support professional workforce.

We must ask Members of Congress to pass a bill NOW that addresses the specific and critical needs of people with disabilities, including:

  • Funding for a Medicaid grant program to support access to home and community-based services to limit the risk of people with paralysis being put into institutions and support the workforce. Congress should pass the Coronavirus Relief for Seniors and People with Disabilities Act.

  • Targeted funding for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for direct support professionals. This is urgently needed to protect the health and safety of this critical workforce. Direct support professionals must be designated as essential workers so that they can get access to the PPE and medical supplies they need.

  • Paid leave for caregivers. As more people with disabilities lose their usual sources of care, family caregivers are scrambling and need access to paid leave and sick days to help their loved ones. Congress should include all family caregivers in the emergency paid leave provisions.

  • Economic impact payments for all people with disabilities. Tell Congress to pass H.R.6420, the All Dependent Children Count Act, and make sure that adults with disabilities who are claimed as dependents get their $500 economic credit.

Your voice matters.

Act Now - Ask Congress to Include the Paralysis Community in COVID-19 Relief Bills

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Thank you for taking the time to contact your Representatives to remind them that their support for the needs of the paralysis community is critical.

Stay healthy!