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COVID-19 Resources for People with Disabilities

The Maryland Department of Disabilities has collected numerous Federal and State resources specific to COVID-19 and individuals with disabilities. This information will be updated as additional guidance and information becomes available. Found a resource we missed? Please forward to and we will review and add if appropriate.



Only essential travel is allowed.  For public transportation, that means taking trips to work, hospitals, health care providers, pharmacies, grocery stores, banks, food distribution centers, schools, to provide care for family members, and other similar destinations.   This applies to both WMATA and MTA and fixed routes as well as paratransit.


Supported Workers and Job Coaches should be considered Essential Staff:

If you are an individual with a disability who previously received SSI or SSDI and lost your job as a result of COVID-19, call the Social Security Administration to request expedited reinstatement. Note that all SSA offices are closed, so contact must be made via phone or online.








On March 13, 2020, a national emergency was declared concerning the coronavirus outbreak.  The FCC has rules requiring televised emergency information to be accessible.  See the below links for some helpful resources about accessible televised emergency information:  

If you have specific complaints about accessibility, please contact DRO at (202) 418-2518 (voice), (844) 432-2275 (American Sign Language video support direct line), or  You may also file a complaint online by visiting the FCC Consumer Complaint Center website.

For general information, visit FCC Accessible Emergency Information webpage.  For specific questions, please contact Debra Patkin, Attorney Advisor, Disability Rights Office (DRO), Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, at (202) 870-5226 or



Child Care

Child Care Availability for Essential Personnel Only

Beginning Thursday, March 25, 2020, child care programs in Maryland will only be permitted to serve essential personnel as defined by the Governor's Executive Order. Designated essential personnel may find child care programs using LOCATE: Child Care, a free service available by phone Monday - Friday at 877-261-0060 between 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM. Specialized services for parents of children with special needs, as well as Spanish language, are also available on these platforms.