April 23, 2020

New fact sheet: How will the COVID-19 recession impact people with disabilities in rural America?

Financial health, employment, and COVID-19

front page of fact sheet: how will the COVID-19 recession impact people with disabilities in rural America?

While many Americans will suffer in the coming recession, people with disabilities in rural areas are especially vulnerable because they are less likely to have an emergency savings fund, have access to paid leave, or be able to work from home.

RTC:Rural’s newest fact sheet analyzes data from the 2015 and 2016 Survey of Household Economics and Decision-making (SHED) and the American Time Use Survey (ATUS) 2017-18 Leave and Job Flexibilities Module.

To learn more about these results and analyses, follow the link below to download the fact sheet from the RTC:Rural and Rural Institute ScholarWorks collection:

How will the COVID-19 Recession Impact People with Disabilities in Rural America?

The fact sheet is is available to download as an accessible PDF, text-only Word document, or a text-only EPUB file.


More RTC:Rural COVID-19-related research and information

(April 22): COVID-19: An increased threat to people with disabilities living in rural institutions
Because people living in institutional settings are more likely to report disabilities than the general population and these settings are not evenly distributed between urban and rural areas across the U.S., rural people with disabilities have a lot at stake in efforts to address the pandemic and outbreaks in institutional settings.

(April 16): Reaching Consumers During COVID-19 with the Healthy Community Living Program
To help provide another way for people to connect to peer support, and also for CIL staff to access professional development trainings they can do on their own time, HCL is offering a free one-year license, now through May 1.

(April 3): Identifying potential hospital bed shortages for people with disabilities
Hospital capacity varies greatly across the nation, as does the prevalence of disability. In order to understand which areas may be most impacted by an influx of patients with disabilities, we analyzed the number of people with disabilities per hospital bed across hospital referral regions.

(April 3): Recognizing people with disabilities in the COVID-19 pandemic
To assess the impact of COVID on people with disabilities and their needs, it’s important to understand the prevalence of disability by the functional limitations of people living with disabilities experience in their communities.

(April 1): Share your COVID-19 story
RTC:Rural is collecting real stories from real people in rural places who are impacted by the current COVID-19 pandemic.

(March 26): COVID-19 Resources
A short list of resources and information for the disability community.