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What’s Your Experience Living With A Disability During COVID?

Tim Mossholder

Do you have a disability, or know someone who does? Has the pandemic made access to medical care, vaccines, supportive services, or employment more difficult?

I’m KALW freelance reporter Chris Egusa and I’m writing a series of stories about COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on disability communities, and what’s being done to address it. This project is important to me because I’ve seen how people with disabilities can fall through the cracks during times of emergency. I’m hoping to hear from people with disabilities who have faced significant personal, emotional, or financial challenges due to the pandemic and the actions or inactions by government, healthcare providers and facilities, support services and businesses. Your responses will help me understand the impact on your life.

I want to hear about:

  • Your decisions to delay medical care due to fears of entering hospitals or health facilities.
  • Your difficulties accessing support services during the pandemic.
  • Your experience attempting to get vaccinated.
  • Your concerns about health care rationing at hospitals or medical facilities.
  • Your struggles with mental health as a result of these challenges (for you or your loved ones).
  • Your COVID diagnosis and how it has affected your life as someone with a disability.
  • Anything else that I might not be aware of, which would help me tell a fuller story about this issue.

The more people I hear from the better my stories will be because they’ll capture the great range of your experiences, which I want to amplify with nuance and care.

You can fill out the google form below or text or call me at (510) 519-1795‬ and leave a voicemail to share your experience.

Christopher was a fellow in the KALW’s Audio Academy class of 2020. He previously interned at NPR. Among other topics, he is interested in reporting on issues of chronic illness, disability, and mental health. Christopher’s background is in film production and social impact strategy. He’s worked with major nonprofits and corporations on developing campaigns that advance social issues.