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.


FAQ: COVID-19 and the Americans with Disabilities Act – 7/19/2022
U.S. Department of Justice

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 07/12/2022 - 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)

Department of Justice
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


Supporting and Protecting the Rights of Students at Risk of Self-Harm in the Era of COVID-19 – 10/2021
Department of Justice

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