Pushin ON ’
UAB Spinal Cord Injury Model System Digital Newsletter
VOL 38 | NUM 2 2020
The University of Alabama at Birmingham Spinal Cord Injury Model System ( UAB-SCIMS ) provides Pushin ’ On twice annually as an informational resource for people with spinal cord injury ( SCI ).
UAB-SCIMS Program Director : Amie B McLain , MD Pushin ’ On Editor : Phil Klebine , MA
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The contents of this publication were developed under a grant from the National Institute on Disability , Independent Living , and Rehabilitation Research ( NIDILRR grant number 90SI5019 ). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living ( ACL ), Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS ). The contents of this publication do not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR , ACL , HHS , and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government .
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The big news is , of course , COVID-19 . This issue of Pushin ’ On is a special issue with information to help people with spinal cord injury and other disabilities through the pandemic .
The Research & Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities ( RTC : Rural ) has been working to share relevant research and information about how the COVID-19 pandemic is , and will continue , to impact people with disabilities . Here is what is available on COVID-19 .
• Skilled Nursing Facilities in Rural Communities : Opportunities for partnering on COVID-19 response efforts
• COVID-19 : An increased threat to people with disabilities living in rural institutions
• RTC : Rural research shows higher risks for rural people during COVID-19
• Recognizing people with disabilities in the COVID-19 pandemic
The Administration for Community Living ( ACL ) offers a resource page , What Do Older Adults and People with Disabilities Need to Know About Coronavirus Disease 2019 ( COVID-19 )? The page describes actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 , frequently asked questions on several programs for older Americans , guidance on home and community based services and nursing home visitation , guidance for organizations to prepare for an outbreak , and a link to a Spanish-language version . ACL offers some additional things people with disabilities can do to prepare during the COVID-19 outbreak :
• Plan what you will do if you or your direct support provider gets sick . Create a contact list of family , friends , neighbors and local service agencies that can provide support in case you or your direct support provider becomes ill or unavailable .
• Plan at least two ways of communicating from home and work that can be used rapidly in an emergency ( e . g ., landline phone , cell phone , text-messaging , email ). Write down this information and keep it with you .
• Have enough household items and groceries so that you will be comfortable staying home for a few weeks , at least a 30-day supply of over the counter and prescription medicines and any medical equipment or supplies that you might need . Some health plans allow for a 90-day refill on prescription medications . Consider discussing this option with your healthcare provider . Make a photocopy of prescriptions to have in an emergency situation
ACL also provides resources in other important areas .
• Staying Connected and Engaged
• Following your state ’ s guidance
• helping organizations that serve people with disabilities
• Protecting civil rights
• Protecting Personal Finances
• For Medicare , Medicaid , Social Security and SSI beneficiaries
• Resources for veterans