For Americans who are blind or have other visual impairments, reading the instructions or deciphering the results of a traditional at-home COVID-19 rapid test can prove difficult, if not impossible. Tests designed to be more accessible to people with these disabilities are now available for free.
Individuals can place an order for 12 of these more accessible at-home tests, either online through the U.S. Postal Service or by calling 1-800-232-0233. Shipments are made in six separate packages, with two tests included per package.
Using the test requires you to have a compatible, Bluetooth-enabled smartphone and to install a free app. Coupled with the app, the test provides step-by-step directions for performing the test as well as the results in an audio format. If you need additional tests, Medicare will cover up to eight per month, including these more accessible versions.
Supplies are limited. Individuals with disabilities who may need additional help accessing these tests can contact the Administration for Community Living’s Disability Information and Access Line.