The Virginia Board for People with Disabilities recently awarded a $98,842 grant to the ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia to vaccinate at least 700 individuals, including at least 200 people with disabilities, and develop culturally and linguistically relevant COVID-19 information to increase awareness in diverse communities.
The center will use the funding to organize at least 50 pop-up in-home vaccinations, share information through a cadre of “Disability Champions,” and produce future awareness campaigns that support activism for people with disabilities.
Funding comes from the federal government.
“People with disabilities may have an increased risk for contracting COVID-19 based on where they live and available services in their communities. It is critical that they have access to the COVID-19 vaccines and associated resources,” said Teri Morgan, the executive director of the state body. “Our partnership with the ENDependence Center to make vaccines available and develop culturally and linguistically appropriate COVID-19 resources for individuals with disabilities and their support networks shows the center’s commitment to serving individuals with disabilities in the commonwealth.”
Cherie Takemoto, the ENDependence Center’s director of disability justice and strategic innovation, said the organization has been recognized as an exemplary program by the Administration for Community Living for efforts to support people with disabilities and their caregivers during the pandemic.
“This project will build on those efforts to reach people with developmental disabilities from traditionally marginalized communities,” Takemoto said.