National Disability Institute (NDI) understands the current and long-term devastating impact the COVID-19 pandemic will have on the financial and personal health of people with disabilities and those with chronic health conditions, as well as their families and communities. Research indicates people with disabilities are more likely than those without disabilities to live in poverty, more likely to be in low wage jobs even when employed, less likely to have accumulated savings and less likely to be able to come up with funds if an unexpected need arose. And, although some people with disabilities are able to weather the financial impact of COVID-19, for many it is difficult to navigate these challenging times and has often caused increased emotional and financial stress.
To aid individuals in becoming more financially resilient, NDI launched the #ResilientPwD text messaging campaign to deliver helpful information, tips and interventions to people with disabilities and chronic health conditions. The texts, which are available by signing up for a free subscription, are sent two times per week and are intended to help combat stress and feelings of isolation, build positive thinking and establish new behavior patterns that promote emotional well-being and financial resilience. The texts are evidence-based interventions, designed by people with diverse disabilities, to encourage positive actions to reduce both emotional and financial stress. People can sign up to receive these messages by texting the keyword RESILIENT to 833-632-0273 or by visiting nationaldisabilityinstitute.org/resilientpwd. #ResilientPwD will connect to those with no internet access and provide participants with new ways to manage increased stress, anxiety and feelings of isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sign up today and begin your path to becoming more financially resilient, so you to have the ability to bounce back through difficult times, emerge stronger on the other side and flourish in the “new normal.”