Know Your Rights: People with Disabilities Can Have a Supporter in the Hospital during COVID-19

Because of COVID-19 or the Coronavirus there are big changes in how hospitals and doctor’s offices work. They are not letting people visit patients. On June 9, 2020, the US Office of Civil Rights made it clear that all hospitals and doctor’s offices must allow patients with disabilities to have a supporter with them. This video was created by Green Mountain Self-Advocates and the Autistic Self Advocacy Network to equip self-advocates to know your rights to have someone to support you when getting health care.

Here are resources to use with this video:

#1 Know Your Rights Bringing a Supporter to a Hospital or a Doctor’s Office

#2 COVID-19 Medical Information Form for People With Disabilities

#3 Office of Civil Rights June 9 2020 Press Release on Hospitals Allowing People with Disabilities to have a Support Person during COVID-19 is at

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