Is there guidance for staff living with a disability?

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Is there guidance for staff living with a disability?

If you’re living with a disability and are looking for advice and resources relating to COVID-19, you’ll find a range of information at the Disability Information Scotland website. There is also a dedicated helpline available on 0300 323 9961. If you’re disabled and have been shielding, we advise you to sign up for the SMS Shielding Service to make sure you get the latest updates. You can do this by sending a text from your mobile phone to 0786 066 4525. The text you send should only include your CHI number, which is the ten-digit number at the top of any letter you’ve received from the hospital or from your health care professionals.

If you haven’t been shielding, but need help accessing services such as essential food, medication or emotional support, there’s also a helpline available on 0800 111 4000, open 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday.

BSL videos on COVID-19 are available here and Easy Read documents can be found on the NHS Inform website here.

If you’re working from home and need adjustments such as assistive technology,  some companies are offering support that includes free help from people trained in disability and adjustments. A list of what technology companies have to offer in this respect can be found here.

Tips from a Long-Term Home Worker provides a refreshingly realistic view of what it’s like to work from home.  You may also want to check out the Voices of Covid series, written by disabled people for disabled people, sharing stories and experiences during the COVID-19 lockdown.

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