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Coping with disease and disability in the time of coronavirus

Coping with disease and disability in the time of coronavirus

Craig Radford, the director of Connect Direct, a subsidiary of Communication Service for the Deaf, told CNN that his organization had created a dedicated “ASL Now” hotline for deaf people to get answers to commonly asked coronavirus questions.

“We provide answers from reputable sources like the IRS, CDC [and] local government to answer their questions, and we provide them in American Sign Language instead of written English,” Radford said. “We have to update the source daily, staff the representatives, and provide a hotline number. We have received hundreds of calls in just 10 days of launch.”
Now, that data, along with emerging research from Italy — the second-most-affected country in the world — is showing just how dangerous Covid-19 is for older people, and others with with heart, lung, and immunological conditions.

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COVID-19 ASL Hotline

COVID-19 ASL Hotline

– Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD) and its Connect Direct division
announced today the launch of a new coronavirus hotline for the deaf community made available through its
ASL Now platform. CSD’s free hotline brings the deaf community important and accessible information on
COVID-19 in both American Sign Language (ASL) and English.

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Comcast’s COVID-19 Response

Comcast’s COVID-19 Response

On the heels of offering new, low-income Internet Essentials
customers two months of free internet and raising the speed of that program’s service to 25/3 Mbps,
Comcast today announced additional steps to help ensure people stay connected to the internet as more
schools suspend classes and companies encourage employees to work from home due to the Coronavirus.

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