COVID-19 and Disability Survey

Novel Coronavirus Pandemic and Access to Health Services Among Adults with Disabilities Project (COVID-19 & Disability Project)

AAHD conducted a rapid, real-time online survey of COVID-19 and persons with a range of disabilities.  The COVID-19 & Disability Project is funded by the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation.  The purpose of the COVID-19 & Disability Project is to understand the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on access to health care and on adults with a range of disabilities responding to COVID-19.  AAHD developed, implemented, and is analyzing an online survey using disability identifiers from the American Community Survey.  The survey included a set of questions on access to regular (non-COVID-19) health care and services, including access to needed health care treatment, prescriptions, and the use of direct care workers, and questions regarding COVID-19 information and impact, including sources of information about the Coronavirus pandemic, adherence to public health COVID-19 recommendations, testing, and access to emotional supports during the pandemic. The online survey was conducted from April 17th – May 1st. Research products include a summary report, disability-specific products, and comparisons across disability groups. The summary report is available below and we will add additional products as they are released.

AAHD Research Products

Survey Reports

Summaries of Key Findings

Infographics of Key Findings

Additional Research Briefs will be released as they become available.

For more information contact: Charles E. Drum, MPA, JD, PhD at or (301) 545-6140, Extension 205.

AAHD Video Series on COVID-19 & Disability

The contents of the AAHD COVID-19 & Disability Video Series were developed under the Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL), a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant number 90DP0075-01-00). They do not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.