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FCIC Releases COVID-19 and Vaccination Information Videos for People with Disabilities

The Florida Center for Inclusive Communities (FCIC) UCEDD, in partnership with Diane Wilkins Productions, and funded by a grant from the Administration for Community Living/CDC, is pleased to announce the release of a new series of free educational videos. The grant aimed to provide information about access to vaccines and information to reduce vaccine hesitancy in the disability community.

The What You Should Know Show  videos describe COVID-19 and vaccination facts in an upbeat manner using plain language. The videos feature Floridians with disabilities commenting on their experiences, including some members of FCIC’s Community Advisory Committee. FCIC Associate Director and Research Associate Professor Liz Perkins, PhD RNLD FAAIDD FGSA , the Principal Investigator for the project, narrated the videos. FCIC’s Training Director, Laura Rodríguez López, M.Ed., narrated the Spanish version. In addition, they are available with American Sign Language interpretation.

The videos can be accessed from FCIC’s COVID website where easy-read COVID-19 and Vaccination Factsheets, produced as part of this project, can also be downloaded. The videos are also available from FCIC’s YouTube Channel. The videos are also available from FCIC’s YouTube Channel.

“We are excited to begin dissemination of these videos," said Dr. Perkins. "They specifically highlight the increased risks and challenges that COVID-19 presents to people with disabilities and encourages vaccination. Although it is a serious topic, we hope that viewers will find the videos engaging and informative. Our hope is they become a useful educational resource that will help combat vaccination hesitancy.”