COVID-19 and the ADA

People with disabilities have the right to participate in the programs, services and activities offered by municipalities, non-profit organizations, state agencies or businesses. This right of participation remains even during a pandemic, and this principle is even more critical. Read more about how the ADA relates to programs and services provided during the COVID-19 pandemic.


FEMA Ensures Equitable Distribution of COVID-19 Vaccines – 3/9/2021
Federal Emergency Management Agency

Ensuring Civil Rights During the COVID-19 Response – 04/13/2020
Federal Emergency Management Agency

Employment (ADA Title I)

What You Should Know About COVID-19, the Vaccination, and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws – Updated 05/28/2021 - Includes information on vaccination requirements, reasonable accommodation, alternative screening methods, employees age 65 and over, family members with disabilities, pregnancy and more.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

EEOC Issues Updated COVID-19 Technical Assistance Publication Addressing Antibody Testing – 06/07/2020
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the Americans With Disabilities Act – Updated 03/2020
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

EEOC Webinar on COVID-19, Employment, the ADA, GINA and the Rehabilitation Act – 03/27/2020

Long-term COVID and the ADA – 08/23/2021
Penn Today

FAQ: COVID-19 Vaccination and the Americans with Disabilities Act – 04/20/21
Job Accommodation Network

Accomodating Employees with COVID-19 Related Symptopms - 03/09/2021
Job Accommodation Network

The ADA and Managing Reasonable Accommodation Requests from Employees with Disabilities in Response to COVID-19 – 01/2020
Job Accommodation Network

EEOC Answers Employers’ COVID-19-Related Questions – 04/2/2020

Hospitals Must Consider Accommodation Requests in Pandemic – 04/2/2020
Bloomberg Law

State and Local Governments (ADA Title II) and Public Accommodations (ADA Title III)

US Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Jutice

COVID-19 ALERT: Fraudulent Face Mask Flyers
Department of Justice

Face Coverings and Businesses: Balancing the ADA with Public Health During COVID-19 – 08/19/2020
Northwest ADA Center

No Mask, No Service? ADA Considerations for Business Owners Requiring Face Masks in Retail Stores – 09/09/2021
The National Law Review

Special ADA Audio Conference Session: COVID-19 and the ADA: Access to Programs and Services – 04/27/2021
Pre-recorded, no cost. Includes a resource document and a copy of the presentation handout. ADA National Network.

Questions and Answers on Disability Nondiscrimination in Health Care and Community Life During the COVID-19 Pandemic – 04/16/2020
Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF)

Title III Coronavirus FAQs: Tips for Addressing Common ADA Title III Issues During the COVID-19 Pandemic – 04/03/2020
Ogletree Deakins

Accessibility at Drive-Thru Medical Sites
ADA National Network

Guidance for Group Homes for Individuals with Disabilities – Updated 05/17/2021
Centers for Disease Control

Preparing for COVID-19 in Nursing Homes – Updated 05/29/2021
Centers for Disease Control


Questions and Answers on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the COVID-19 Outbreak – 03/2020
U.S. Department of Education

Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Preschool, Elementary and Secondary Schools While Serving Children with Disabilities – 03/21/2020
U.S. Department of Education 

Resources to Support Students with Disabilities During the COVID-19 Crisis – 03/25/2020
National Center for Learning Disabilities