For the last three months we have been producing videos for the Alliance of People with disAbilities. As a past board member and board chair at TACID (Tacoma Area Coalition of Individuals with Disabilities) it felt like old times.
On the street, shopping, in business, even in sports, and anywhere you go, most disabilities go unrecognized. In reality one in four adults have some type of disability. In America 26% of our population has a disability . . . 61 million people. The videos we created delivered information in a friendly and helpful manner. They weren’t overly technical, and were created to be easily understood by a wide audience. They answer the questions about COVID, vaccinations, vaccines and returning to work we see on the internet all of the time.
The first two videos we created were: “Returning to Work Following COVID-19” and “What Does It Mean to Be Fully-Vaccinated?”
Returning to Work Following COVID-19 (Length: 4:04)
Details – Returning to work, in-person meetings, and gatherings can be exciting. But for some in Seattle, King County and Washington State, returning to work can be difficult and provoke anxiety. It can be especially difficult for people with disabilities. Is your workplace accessible and welcoming to employees with disabilities? This video helps explain the best ways to transition.
What Does It Mean to Be Fully-Vaccinated? (Length: 2:17)
Details – As we continue to vaccinate our communities, we often hear the question, “What does it mean to be fully vaccinated?” In general, you are considered fully-vaccinated 2 weeks after your second dose of Moderna or Pfizer vaccines or 2 weeks after your single-dose shot of Johnson & Johnson. Once you’re fully vaccinated, there are a wide-range of things that you can now safely do. This video helps explain being fully vaccinated.
The first two productions went so smoothly that the Alliance developed two more videos. The next two videos were “Disability Rights in the Workplace” and “Vaccines Were Made so Fast, How Do I Know They’re Safe?”
Disability Rights in the Workplace (Length: 5:17)
Details: As we return to in-person work, it’s important that you understand and know your rights especially if you have been recently diagnosed with a disability due to COVID-19 or other circumstances.
Vaccines Were Made so Fast, How Do I Know They’re Safe? (Length: 4:08)
Details: As we continue to work towards getting people vaccinated against COVID-19, there are still a number of questions and concerns related to the development and safety of the vaccine and vaccine approval process. Let’s talk about what we know.
Each video not only contained images, graphics and background music but also had the script recorded for ASL (American Sign Language). Closed captioning was added in eight languages: Amharic, Chinese, English, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
In addition to those four videos , we took three individually recorded personal stories about disabilities and put them together as a celebration of the 31st Anniversary of the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Peg and I did that at no charge. We loved being part of the success.
You can visit the Alliance of People with disAbilities videos here. Please, share the videos for a greater understanding of both COVID-19 and disabilities.