Individuals with Disabilities

The State of Connecticut remains committed to ensuring the safety of residents with disabilities throughout the response and recovery phases of COVID-19.

The resources on this page are provided to ensure individuals with disabilities, and those who care for persons with disabilities, can continue to make informed decisions. In addition to the below resources, daily COVID-19 press briefings are uploaded to YouTube with closed captioning functionality, and picture-in-picture interpretation is included. 

At the direction of Governor Lamont, the Department of Aging and Disability Services has been incorporated into the Reopen Connecticut Advisory Board.


Resources for Testing Sites

Important General Resources

Department of Developmental Services COVID-19 Pages

Information for Students

Resources for the Blind Community

Resources for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community

Communication Cards

The following tech-based resources were compiled by the National Association for the Deaf:


Video Remote Interpreting

Speech to Text

Typing Back

For phone calls*, patients may want to consider having more than one video relay service (VRS) provider’s app on the provided device, in case one provider experiences technical difficulties. Patients also may want to consider text-based relay services if they cannot get a reliable internet connection.

Text-based fallback options for phone calls

In addition to the tools above, DeafBlind people may want to load an application that can display text in large type.



*The FCC currently prohibits the use of VRS when all parties to a call are in the same room. If parties are not in the same room, VRS is allowed. Patients should comply with all FCC rules.