What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a new illness spread around the world. It is nicknamed Coronavirus.

The Council and the Maryland Department of Health Partner to Bring you COVID-19 Fact Sheets in Plain Language


The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council (Council) and the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) released eight (8) COVID-19 fact sheets in plain language. They were updated on August 23, 2022 with the most recent information available.


Image of the COVID-19 Vaccines Fact Sheet. You can click the link to the right of this image to hear the full text.


Download the fact sheets:

Plain Language COVID Fact Sheets

Vaccines Fact Sheet

Vaccines for Children and Teens Fact Sheet

Vaccines for People Who Can’t Leave Home Fact Sheet

Booster Shots Fact Sheet

Testing Fact Sheet

High Risk Health Conditions Fact Sheet

Treatments Fact Sheet

Monoclonal Antibody Treatment Fact Sheet




Download the fact sheets in different languages:

Amharic Fact Sheets UPDATED

Chinese Fact Sheets UPDATED

Dari Fact Sheets UPDATED

French Fact Sheets UPDATED

Haitian Creole Fact Sheets UPDATED

Korean Fact Sheets UPDATED

Pashto Fact Sheets UPDATED

Portuguese Fact Sheets UPDATED

Russian Fact Sheets UPDATED

Spanish Fact Sheets UPDATED

Tagalog Fact Sheets UPDATED

Vietnamese Fact Sheets UPDATED


Learn more about your right to access COVID-19 vaccines in these new videos from Disability Rights Maryland



English: https://youtu.be/Qi7gjo1J9pc

Spanish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwCUcacYHJ8

Amharic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_MwskI89BM

French: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6xLCs7LVFk

Korean: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCcjtY58eO8

Russian: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0hYOKeKbBM

Mandarin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0F0KnxWluI


Learn more about the illness and what to do if you think you are sick

Coronavirus What is It and What Can I Do

Thank you to The Arc Maryland for partnering with the Council to publish this booklet, with plain language and picture supports. This version of the booklet was updated 4/24/2020.

Information for people with developmental disabilities

Face Covering FAQ’s

Click the button for the accessible PDF flyer "FAQ's on Face Coverings"

What are face coverings? Why do we need to wear face coverings? When should I wear a face covering?

“FAQs on Face Coverings” answers these questions and more. Click the button below for the accessible PDF version of the FAQs.

FAQ’s on Face Coverings

Special COVID-19 Payments

What is the stimulus payment, and what should I do with it?

Special COVID Payments FAQ’s

The Council, in partnership with Maryland ABLE, Maryland Department of Disabilities, and the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration developed FAQ’s sheets, with information specific to the COVID-19 Stimulus Payments.

Beware of Frauds and Scams

During the COVID-19 pandemic some people pretend to be helpers or people who work for the government. Sometimes they want to commit a fraud or scam. They may try to take money from you, they may want your personal information so they can pretend to be you in the future, or some people are just dishonest.

Learn more about frauds and scams in our easy to understand fact sheet.

Protect yourself from frauds and scams

Additional Plain Language Resources

Thank you to the Green Mountain Self-Advocacy Group for publishing this resource in Plain Language. Thank you to the California Developmental Disabilities Council for translating the booklet into Spanish.

The Center for Dignity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities released a fact sheet for people with disabilities to know their rights during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Know Your Rights

The Maryland Department of Disabilities and the Maryland Department of Health issued a memo to hospitals, outlining the minimum policies that must be put into effect, to ensure support persons are able to accompany, visit, and stay with people with disabilities while in the hospital. Thank you to Secretary Beatty and Secretary Neall for their work to ensure this critical support is provided to people with disabilities. To read the full memo, click the link below.

Do you know your rights with COVID-19. Click the link for the accessible PDF.

How do I know if it is coronavirus, and when should I see a doctor?

This image describes the symptoms of the common cold, the flu, and the coronavirus. It is credited to Yale New Haven Health

Tools to CommunicateCommunication Card


Content for this card was initially developed by the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Additional elements were also used with permission by the Wisconsin Council on Physical Disabilities.

Tips to Stay Healthy

This video is shared with permission from the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities.

The CDC released the COVID-19 toolkit for people with disabilties

The CDC released guidance for group homes and DSPs who provide assistance to people with disabilities. Many of the recommendations for COVID-19 preparation and response described in those guidance documents also apply to caregivers and DSPs for people with developmental and behavioral disorders.

Toolkit for people with disabilities

The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings

Click the video to learn how to make a face covering with items you have in your home.

Information for Council Grantees

The COVID-19 pandemic is creating unprecedented responses by federal, state, and local governments. This guidance, effective March 20, 2020, details requirements for Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council (Council) grantees to follow during the COVID-19 Pandemic. For more information, click the button below.

Grantee Guidance during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Council Operations

The Council maintains operations during this time. All staff can be contacted via email or by leaving a message on their direct line. Staff make every effort to return all messages within 24 hours. Click here for Council Staff contact information.

Maryland Specific Information

For information that is specific to Maryland, visit the Maryland Department of Health. Information is updated on this site daily, at 10:00 am, EST.

Please join the Developmental Disabilities Administration‘s (DDA) Deputy Secretary, Bernie Simons for the most up-to-date information related to the DDA service delivery system.   Webinars will be held every other Friday from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (unless otherwise announced) Register here.

For Providers

Additional Resources