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Issue #09
5th March 2020

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Ross JoyceFrom our CEO

Ross Joyce

Welcome to the latest edition of AFDO eNews.   

With the growing concern around the CoronaVirus (COVID-19) in Australia, and with the spread of incorrect information around the world, we have pulled together a list of useful resources for people with disability and their families on COVID-19.

Firstly, I'm pleased to say that the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has advised us that NDIS participants, families and carers can request an alternative to face-to-face meetings if participants are worried about their exposure to COVID-19. 

In the resources below is an Easy English Guide on COVID-19 for people with disability, along with other information and resources that are available.

I hope you find the following resources useful, and I will make sure that as more information becomes available in the coming days, weeks, and months about COVID-19, we will continue to circulate new information and resources to the disability community.


CoronaVirus (COVID-19) Information and Resources

1.  The Growing Space has published a 4 page Easy English Guide that clearly explains:
  • COVID-19 symptoms
  • Preparation advice for people with disability
  • Safety precautions
  • What to do if you’re unwell
You can read the Easy English Guide here (PDF), and it is also available on The Growing Space website (HTML).

2.  The World Health Organisation (WHO) has published a Q&A page which includes answers to questions such as: 

  • What can I do to protect myself and prevent the spread of disease?
  • How likely am I to catch COVID-19?
  • Should I worry about COVID-19?
  • Who is at risk of developing severe illness?
  • Should I wear a mask to protect myself?
  • How to put on, use, take off and dispose of a mask?
  • How long does the virus survive on surfaces?
  • Is it safe to receive a package from any area where COVID-19 has been reported?
  • Is there anything I should not do?
You can read the Q&A page on the WHO website.

3.  The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has published information on its website. The Australian Government has enacted the Coronavirus Emergency Response Plan and the NDIA is taking necessary steps to prepare if a pandemic is declared.  The NDIA is keeping an eye on the COVID-19 situation, and are working with their Partner organisations to ensure they are also prepared.  We suggest that you check this page regularly for further updates.

You can visit the NDIS and disaster response webpage here.

4.  The World Health Organisation (WHO) is also publishing daily updates on COVID-19 on their website. 

You can visit the WHO COVID-19 for daily updates.

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