We have been collating useful information from around the web to provide support during the Coronavirus pandemic, particularly for people with learning disabilities and people with visual impairments. At the bottom of this page there are some guides for people who are on, or who want to apply, for benefits but if you need further support, please contact our team on 03030 402040 or email drc@disability.co.uk.

Please find below:

  1. Easy Read Guides
  2. Advice for people who are blind or who have a visual impairment
  3. Advice for Front Line Workers, carers and family members
  4. General resources
  5. DRC Guides for Benefit Applications

Easy Read Guides

Staying Safe on the Internet – Video

Information about coronavirus

Stay at home if you are told you might have coronavirus

Get tested if you have any signs of coronavirus

The symptoms of coronavirus and getting tested

Top tips for keeping safe

How to travel safely

Going to work safely

Going to a funeral

Advice for people who are shielding

Having your temperature taken

Direct payments during the pandemic

All you need to know about Face Coverings (video)

Easy Read guide on how to wear a face covering safely

Advocacy and your rights during the pandemic

NHS Video Series on coping with coronavirus for people with learning disabilities, including mindfulness and breathing exercises

Staying happy and healthy: Things you can do to support your mental health when you have to stay at home

Guide on Changes to The Care Act

When Can I Go Outside – DRC Easy Read Guide to Lockdown Rules

Advice for people who are blind or who have a visual impairment

Sight Advice Frequently Asked Questions for Coronavirus

Eye health during Coronavirus (RNIB)

RNIB Coronavirus updates

Guide Dogs resources

Advice for Frontline Workers, Carers and Family Members

Advice for carers and family members of people with sensory loss, autism and/or a learning disability

Mencap’s Coronavirus Information for Support Workers

Your rights to healthcare during coronavirus

Free training on coronavirus aimed at people working in health and social care

Advice for carers of people with learning disabilities on how to stay active while staying inside

Myth Busting Fact Sheet on The Care Act, The Mental Health Act and Advocacy

What coronavirus means for blind and partially sighted people

General resources

Learning Disability England resources

Mencap Coronavirus resources (including resources for professionals)

Down’s Syndrome Association resources

Free Membership PDF

Ideas for keeping busy

Solitaire – Heroes and Activists of Disability Rights

The Sensory Projects COVID-19 educational activities for students with additional needs

Citizens Advice COVID-19: What it means for you

Government advice on how to make your own face covering

Printable badges to show you are exempt from wearing a face covering

NHS Every Mind Matters Mental Health Resources

Complex Care in Lockdown video series

Guides for Benefits Applications

To help people on, or applying for, benefits, we’ve created some useful ‘form filling’ guides that talk you through the process.

A Guide to Attendance Allowance Forms

A Guide to Carers Assessments

A Guide to Completing a Mandatory Reconsideration

A Guide to Completing a PIP form

A Guide to Direct Payments

We hope these will help people work their way through what we know can be a confusing process. However, if you do want to speak to us directly, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Call 03030 402040 and select option 2 to get through to our information, advice and advocacy helpline. For further information on our information, advice and advocacy services, please contact Emma Costanza, Service Manager, on 03030 402040 (option 1) or email ecostanza@disability.co.uk.