There are many resources for information related to the COVID-19 outbreak.
For the most up to date information from the State of Washington, visit Washington State Coronavirus Response.
Many companies and organizations are providing products and services to help customers during the COVID-19 outbreak. Several offers of particular interest to people who are blind or visually impaired.
Remember, while searching for resources and information during this period, please be careful to avoid scammers and hoaxes. Thieves and scammers are taking advantage of fears and uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 through online, phone, text, and email fraud. Here are some sources on information to help protect yourself from scammers.
- Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding the Coronavirus. Federal Trade Commission
- Coronavirus Scams Spread as Fraudsters Follow the Headlines. AARP
- Protecting your finances during the Coronavirus Pandemic. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
- Coronavirus phishing emails: How to protect against COVID-19 scams. Norton LifeLock
- Report COVID-19 Scams, Price Gouging. Washington State Office of the Attorney General
Resources of interest
Meet Me Accessibly – Free Audio book from Mosen Consulting
Audio book explaining how to use Zoom videoconferencing software accessibly. Available through the end of March. Download it free from http://mosen.org/zoom
Free AIRA for College students
“We know that many universities and colleges are rapidly shifting to distance learning. We’ve heard that some materials and software being used are inaccessible so we will be offering free Aira for any college student for the remainder of the spring semester ending in May 2020. If you know of a student who could benefit from Aira for their distance learning, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the program.” https://aira.io/covid-19
Washington Health Benefit Exchange
“In response to the potential growth of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, the Washington Health Benefit Exchange announced a limited-time special enrollment period for qualified individuals who are currently without insurance. This special enrollment period, that runs through April 8, 2020, will allow uninsured individuals 30 days to enroll in health insurance coverage through Washington Health Plan Finder.” https://www.wahbexchange.org/
National Federation of the Blind of Washington At-Large-Chapter
NFBW's telephone only chapter is a resource to connect with others in this time of social distancing. Meets the second Thursday every month via conference call. Phone lines open at 7:45 PDT, and the meeting begins promptly at 8:00 PM PDT. To join the meeting, call the conference line at (605) 468-8004. Use access code 849246# to get into the meeting. The playback number to access recordings of prior meetings is (605) 468-8100, with the same access code above.
Earn Free CEs from Hadley
“Starting immediately, Hadley is offering all Continuing Education (CE) seminars free of charge. This small token of our appreciation for the professionals in our community can help you use some of the increased hours at home to learn new skills and earn CE's. Just enter “FreeCE” in the scholarship/discount field upon registration.” https://hadley.edu/SeminarsForCE.asp