Additional Resources

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Audience – General

·      New York State – Protect Yourself and Your Family from Coronavirus (COVID-19)

o   The New York State Department of Health has organized an overview of COVID-19 and best practices to protect yourself and your family.


Audience – Deaf/Hard of Hearing, ASL

·      CDC COVID-19 American Sign Language (ASL) Videos

o   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided many videos to help those who are deaf or hard of hearing understand the COVID-19 pandemic. This playlist of videos on YouTube provides information on masks, how COVID-19 is spread, managing stress and anxiety, and more.


Audience – ID/D, Low Literacy

·      Green Mountain Self-Advocates – Guide to COVID-19

o   The Green Mountain Self-Advocates, a group of individuals with developmental disabilities and supporters, have created a toolkit to help you understand COVID-19 and other aspects of the pandemic that are important for those with developmental disabilities.


Audience – People with Disabilities, Caregivers, Family Members of People with Disabilities

·      AAHD COVID Resource Complications

o   The American Association on Health and Disability has created a video series and other resources to help the understanding of COVID-19 in relation to people with disabilities.

Audience – Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Blind/Vision Disabilities, Deaf/Blind

·      Helen Keller National Center: COVID-19 Communication Guidelines

o   There is no “one-size fits all” strategy for communication, including during the COVID-19 pandemic. With recommended social distancing, communication can be difficult for those who are Deaf-Blind or have a combination of hearing and vision loss. This resource provides options to help keep communication clear and safe.

Audience – General

·      Business Insider: Risk Ranking Of Everyday Activities For COVID-19, According To An Infectious-Disease Expert

o   Depending on your everyday activities, there may an increased risk of exposure to COVID-19. It is important to analyze the situation and weighing the risk.


·      TODAY Show: The Dos and Don’ts of Face Masks

o   Face masks are important to stop the spread of COVID-19. This news video gives tips on the best practices for wearing a mask, what materials it should be made of, and cleaning it.


·      University of Michigan – How to Wear a Mask and Why

o   To help stop the spread of COVID-19, individuals should wear a mask. Here’s how to properly wear a mask and why it is so important.


Audience – Blind/Vision Disabilities

·      Massachusetts Commission for the Blind: Five Tips for Face Mask Safety for People who are Blind and Visually Impaired

o   Many people don’t think about the impact a face mask can make on someone who is blind or visually impaired. However, a mask can have a negative effect on orientation and mobility due to the loss of facial vision. Here are five steps to help those who are blind or visually impaired wear a mask safely.


Audience – Deaf/Hard of Hearing

·      ASHA Applauds CDC for Update Mask Recommendations

o   The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) advocated to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for updated face mask recommendations to consider those with hearing and communication disorders. This communication has helped to improve the recommendations to include multiple groups of people during the COVID-19 pandemic.


·      How to Make an Accessible, Deaf-Friendly Mask

o   Individuals who are Deaf or hard of hearing have a difficult time with face masks because they cover the mouth, which can be vital to communication. Here are instructions to make a mask with a clear window to aid in lipreading.


·      National Association of the Deaf – Communicating with Masks During Coronavirus (video)

o   This video, delivered in American Sign Language, gives advice to those who are deaf and hard of hearing on how to communicate with masks during the COVID-19 pandemic.


·              The ClearMaskTM

o   Typical masks worn during the COVID-19 pandemic can lead to miscommunication, as a great deal of communication relies on facial expressions or lipreading. The ClearMaskTM helps to create a more accessible communication.


Audience – ID/D, Autism

·      Autism Speaks – Comfort When Wearing a Mask (video)

o   An informational video to help those with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other sensory disorders understand the need for a face mask and how to become comfortable wearing one regularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Audience – ID/D, Autism

·      Autism Speaks – Parent and Family Resources

o   Autism Speaks has organized multiple resources for parents and family members of those who have Autism Spectrum Disorder. These resources are divided into multiple categories, including stress and mental health, education, behavioral, and more.


Audience – Mobility Disabilities, Caregivers

·      AAHD Video – COVID-19 & Disability: Keeping Wheelchairs Clean

o   This short video gives a few tips on keeping a manual wheelchair clean while using it during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Audience – People with Disabilities, Caregivers, Family Members of People with Disabilities

·      CDC: Children and Youth with Special Healthcare Needs in Emergencies – information about families making emergency care plans

o   Children and other young people have specific needs in emergencies, but those with disabilities may require more. Families should ensure there is a plan in place for these unique needs.


·      CDC: Preparing Older Adults in Developing a Care Plan during COVID-19

o   Developing a care plan for older adults is important. However, due to increased risk during the COVID-19 pandemic, a care plan can be very useful. There are benefits to a care plan even beyond COVID-19.


·      HHS – OCR Resolves Complaints after State of Connecticut and Private Hospital Safeguard the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to Have Reasonable Access to Support Persons in Hospital Settings During COVID-19

o   The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has been able to reach a resolution to help protect the rights of people with disabilities regarding people of support within a hospital during COVID-19. This press release goes into detail of the resolutions.

·      HHS OCR Ruling

o   This article describes the agreement met between the Office of Civil Rights and the state of Connecticut regarding allow caregivers of those with disabilities to have other support accompany them inside hospitals and other medical facilities.

Audience – General


·      Top Ten COVID-19 Anxiety Reduction Strategies

o   Many people have different ways of coping with stress. Here are some of the top tips to help in providing good mental health practices.


·      American Association on Health and Disability – Survey Results on Mental Health and COVID from PWD

o   This online survey report, provided by the American Association on Health and Disability, provides results on the impact of COVID-19 on people with disabilities, particularly when it comes to mental health.


·      5 Things About Staying Mentally Healthy

o   This video provides five tips to help keep your mental state healthy during this time of COVID-19.


Audience - General

·      Best Grocery Delivery Apps

o   While staying socially distant and limiting interaction with others, many grocery apps have helped people with disabilities by delivering the things they need.


·      COVID-19 risk chart: Which activities put you more at risk for coronavirus?

o   As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, what are the risks of certain everyday activities? This news story helps us understand just how much of a risk particular tasks or activities pose while the COVID-19 pandemic continues.


Audience – Blind/Vision Disabilities

·      American Federation of the Blind (AFB): Accessible Grocery Shopping for People with Visual Impairments

o   Grocery apps have become a staple for those with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. These apps have been vetted and are accessible to those who are blind or have a visual impairment so they may be able to fully access the same level of service as anyone else.