During/Post COVID 
Community Response Project

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Historically, minorities have always been marginalized. The COVID pandemic has magnified these inequities with more barriers. The lifestyle of disabled minorities’ are more inhabited by COVID because they are experiencing disparities that go unseen and unheard to most people.

The Ecwiti Group is working together to bringing awareness to the barriers that disabled minorities are facing and identify resources to alleviate these barriers in the project During\Post COVID Community Response Project.

 

Goals  

Identify targeted disparities experienced by disabled minorities

• Assess and provide resources for systemic change

• Empower disabled minorities to be inclusive in their decision making process by identifying resources      to eliminate these disparities (barriers). 

The Exploratory Committee: Who We’re Looking For

 

We are looking for minority persons living with disabilities, their family, and\or their caregivers who are able and willing to share their personal experiences of barriers experienced from the COVID pandemic and assist with generating ideal solutions to help the disabled community.

 

We are defining ‘minority’ and ‘disabled’ in the broadest senses, aiming to have a mix of gender, race, sexual preference, socio-economic class, educational background and geographical location, as well as vision, mobility, auditory, neurological, cognitive, medical and psychological disabilities. Anyone who self-identifies as a minority person living with a disability/disabilities who meets our criteria is actively encouraged to participate.

 

See below for the job description with requirements, including our meeting schedule and stipend.


 

Exploratory Committee Participant Job Description

  • Designate a chair to lead the committee

  • Designate a secretary to record minutes of the meeting

  • Designate a person to narrate webinar

  • Be prompt for all meetings

  • Attend 90% of all meetings

  • Fully participate in the all activities of the committee

  • Respect the opinion of each committee member

  • Complete the committee surveys and questionnaires in a timely manner

  • Actively vocalize what your experience has been during COVID and what you think it will be POST COVID

 

 

Exploratory Committee Participant Roles

  • All:

    • Gathering information to plan this project.

    • Providing insight for implementing the project with personal experiences and ideas for solutions.

  • Leadership opportunities:

    • Chair: Responsible for keeping the Committee on track for project goals, cultivating an open, safe and egalitarian environment, and facilitating group discussions with our support. 

    • Secretary: Taking meeting minutes and documenting next steps with our support.

    • Narrator for Project Webinar: One-time reporting of the findings from the Exploratory Committee for the webinar. Reading will be recorded. A script will be provided.


 

Benefits of Participation

 

✓ Turn personal experience into public service

✓ Generate solutions based on your wisdom and experience

✓ Help educate health professionals, government and community leaders

✓ Help build a network of support

✓ Low time commitment

✓ Stipend for your time

✓ Meet a nice group of socially-oriented people

✓ If desired, leadership experience

✓ If desired, become a representative for this education campaign


 

Exploratory Committee Composition 

 

Number of Participants

  • 10

  • 3 backups 

 

Members of Minority disabled community

  • BIPOC

  • Low Income 

  • LGBTQ

  • Women

  • Geographically diverse

 

Committee Meeting Details 

  • All meetings will be done virtually via Zoom. Participants must have access to online meetings.

  • Attendance at all meetings is required for participation.

 

Stipend

  • $50 per participant compensation

  • Given only at the end of the project after attending the majority of every meeting.

  • All meetings will be done virtually.

We are accepting applications on rolling basis but prioritizing applications submitted by October 1, 2021. If you are a minority persons living with disabilities, their family, and\or their caregivers who are able and willing to share their personal experiences of barriers experienced from the COVID pandemic and assist with generating ideal solutions to help the disabled community, click on the button (I'M Interested) below, to fill out the participant application.  

 

Questions, comments, or concerns, please email ecwitgroup@gmail.com.  We are looking forward to hearing from you.

This community response project is supported in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council, through grant number 2001PASCDD-02, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201.  Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions.  Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy