Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Resources

COVID-19 resources for people with disabilities, their families, service providers and the workforce that supports them.

This list of resources have been compiled to help people with disabilities, their families, service providers and the workforce that supports them have access to the latest information about COVID-19.

Engagement opportunities for people with disabilities and their families

Updated June 8, 2020

The HealthMatters Program COVID 19 webinar series registration
June 9Protecting Ourselves, Protecting Others Part 2: Caring for Someone Infected with COVID-19 in their Home
June 16Talking about COVID-19: Resources for People with IDD
June 23Impact of COVID-19 on Organizations Serving Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
June 30Survival Coalition and The Arc Wisconsin: Determining What’s Needed Now and in the Future in Response to COVID-19
July 7Preparing Your Employees for the Impact of COVID-19: Updates from Providers
July 14Communicating COVID-19 Updates to People with IDD, Caregivers, and Stakeholders
July 21Even During a Crisis, People with Disabilities have Rights
July 28Hospitalized People with IDD Need their Caregivers: They Aren’t Visitors
Aug 4Health Matters More than Ever: The Triple Burden of Disease for People with IDD
Aug 11Shifting Services in Community-Based Organizations: Meeting the Needs of People with IDD
Aug 18Employment Resilience: People with IDD are Critical Frontline Workers

AAIDD-Dignity & Belonging in a Digitally Connected World webinar, July 22 4 PM

AUCD-Strategies for Addressing Anxiety Related to COVID-19 webinar, June 24 1 PM

NIDILRR COVID-19 and Caregiving Survey

Arc of Minnesota-75 Stay at Home Activities 

PPE for People with Disabilities Coalition (PPE4PWD)
Volunteer Recruitment Survey for PPE distribution efforts & emergency back-up personal assistance

Journal remote learning during COVId-19 to protect your child’s IEP services

Survey on the impact of COVID-19 on people with disabilities 

IDHD/DHD faculty launch the project “Map your COVID-19 Disability Experience”.  Please share your story by June 30, 2020.

Volunteer for Chicagoland COVID-19 opportunities (remote & in person)

Prepare for Hospitalization during COVID-19:  A Checklist for People with Disabilities

Order a face mask that gives lip reading ability to the deaf and hard of hearing

Stories needed about impact of COVID-19 on people with disabilities

Masks for the Disability Community

Special Olympics School for Strength Online exercise

Education materials for people with developmental disabilities

Updated June 8, 2020

AAIDD-Using Technology to Deliver Services and Supports in Homes, Neighborhoods, and Communities: Evidence and Promise archived webinar

Disability and Health Journal
COVID-19 and ID/DD: Case Fatality Trends

National Association of Disability Practitioners (NADP) Report:  COVID-19 Disabled Students in Higher Education: Student Concerns & Institutional Challenges

The Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps (TASH)
COVID-19:  Keeping People with Disabilities Safe
COVID-19:  Keeping People with Disabilities Safe, Part 2

nTIDE April 2020 Jobs Report: COVID Recession hits workers with disabilities harder

COVID Patient Education Checklist for Clinicians

The Chicagoland Disabled People of Color Coalition and the Illinois Self-Advocacy Alliance, Inc.
Illinois Statewide COVID-19 Resource List for People with Disabilities in Marginalized Communities
Guía de Recursos COVID-19 para Personas Discapacitadas en Comunidades Marginadas de Illinois

Access to Respite Care and Help (ARCH) National Respite Network & Resource Center
COVID-19 Respite and Caregiving Resources
Online Respite Opportunities and Options

Families Together Inc.
Navigating COVID-19 When Your Child/Youth has a Disability (resources by disability type)

Autism Research Institute Autism & COVID-19 Webinar Recordings:
Anxiety, Autism: Five Prime Suspects – with tips for coping at home during the Coronavirus outbreak
Emotional Support for Families during COVID-19
Support for Individuals with ASD: Coping with Family and Virtual Interactions During COVID-19
Coronavirus Impact: Talking to Kids About Changing Schedules, Altered Plans, and Disruption

American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD)
AAHD- COVID-19 & Disability: Precautions for People in Wheelchairs 60 second video 
AAHD-COVID-19 & Disability: Social Distancing 60 second video 
AAHD-COVID-19 & Disability: Who’s at Risk for Complications? 60 second video 

COVID-19 & Adults with Disabilities:  Health and Health Care Access On-line Survey Summary Report
COVID-19 & Adults with Mobility Disabilities: Health & Health Care Access Online Summary Report
COVID-19 & Adults Who Are Deaf & Hard of Hearing: Health & Health Care Access Online Survey Summary Report

Wheelchair and Assistive Technology User Precautions for COVID-19 

New York Deaf-Blind Collaborative Tipsheet- Providing Access through Sign Language & Text for Low Vision & Tactile Communicators During the Coronavirus Pandemic 

National Alliance on Mental Illness
COVID-19 Resource & Information Guide 

National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC)
Q&A on COVID-19 and Down Syndrome 
P&R sobre COVID-19 y el Síndrome de Down  

Alternative Day Programs during COVID-19 archived webinar 

Do You Know Your Rights with COVID-19 fact sheet

Tips for Working With Support Staff During COVID-19

Accessibility at Drive-Thru Medical Sites

COVID-19: Video-Based Telehealth Accessibility for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Patients

COVID-19: Know Your Rights & Prepare Video

How To Talk About COVID-19 With People Who Have Autism

Visual Guide to Stay Safe

Hand Washing Techniques

COVID-19 Information by and for People with Disabilities (Plain language)
Información de COVID-19 por y para Personas con Discapacidades (Lenguaje sencillo)

How to Stay Healthy from COVID-19 (Plain language)
Cómo Mantenerse Saludable de COVID-19 (Lenguaje sencillo)

Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with COVID-19
Guía de ayuda para padres y cuidadores para ayudar a las familias a enfrentar la enfermedad Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

How to Protect Yourself from the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Cómo Protegerse del Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

Working with Your Personal Attendant to Keep you Safe from Coronavirus

Dealing with COVID-19: Resources for special educators, therapists and families

Social story on Coronavirus

National guidance and resources

Updated May 29, 2020

Center for Medicaid and CHP services (CMCS) COVID 19 Resources Page

Association of University Centers on Disabilities
Disability Policy News
The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
How to Protect Yourself
What To Do if You Are Sick
Healthcare Supply of Personal Protective Equipment
CDC American sign language COVID-19 informational videos
Guidance for direct service providers
Guidance for group homes for individuals with disabilities
Guidance for direct service providers, caregivers, parents, and people with developmental and behavioral disorders
Guidance for people with developmental and behavioral disorders

Administration for Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Budget information including state and program allocations for CARES Act funding
What do Older Adults and People with Disabilities Need to Know?

Center for Medicaid and CHP services (CMCS)
COVID-19 Long-term care facility guidance

The Autism Society
COVID-19 resources

Social Security Administration
Social Security & Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

U.S. Department of Education
COVID-19 (“Coronavirus”) Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel
Questions and answers on providing services to children with disabilities during the COVID-19 outbreak

Public Health Emergency, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
Healthcare Planning Checklist

Alliance for Aging Research
Common Questions and answers about COVID-19 for older adults with people with chronic health conditions

Mental Health America
Mental Health And COVID-19 – Information And Resources

National Center for Learning Disabilities: Support students with disabilities during the COVID-19 crisis
A Parent’s Guide to Virtual Learning
An Educator’s Guide to Virtual Learning

American Heart Association
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center
Tele-intervention and distance learning for people with disabilities

National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices (NTG)
Covid-19 & Down Syndrome Q & A

The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP)
COVID-19 Toolkit for direct support professionals

State of Illinois guidance and resources

Updated May 8, 2020

Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development
Emergency Child Care Resources

State of Illinois Coronavirus Response

Illinois Department of Public Health
COVID-19 Hotline: 1-800-889-3931

Requesting COVID-19 testing at IDPH laboratories
Provider request for COVID-19 testing at IDHP laboratories

Municipal guidance and resources

Cook County Department of Public Health
TEL: 708-633-4000

Chicago Coronavirus Response Center