Coronavirus Updates and Resources

Special Needs

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A Coronavirus Pandemic Resource Guide for New Jerseyans

Compiled by the Office of U.S. Senator Cory Booker. PDF format. For questions or to get help from Senators Booker’s office, please call (973) 639-8700.

Apps for Students With Special Needs

Favorite digital tools; what follows includes some of their recommendations, but it is just the tip of the iceberg of what is available. Remember, as with any tool, what may work wonders for some students will only frustrate others. Customization is key with any app, so adults and educators should be prepared to put in some time learning the apps themselves or how to make modifications in the settings. Many apps come with great teacher-made materials; look for video tutorials, lesson plans, and extension activities.

Autism Grants For Families

ACT Today! grants are designed to provide access to individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders. Grant payments will be made directly to pre-approved treatment providers, assessors or materials vendors.

Autism Speaks COVID-19 (coronavirus) information and resources

Autism Certification Center (ACC) and Autism Speaks are teaming up to make 30+ hours of online video learning resources available at no cost for the autism community. Now through June 1, 2020, get free access to the Foundations of Evidence-Based Strategies courses with over 30 hours of video-based content.

Caring for children and adolescents with autism during COVID-19

APA and Autism Speaks present a webinar designed to help parents and caregivers of children and adolescents with autism connect with each other as they continue to navigate life during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Tips for Dementia Caregivers

Most likely, dementia does not increase risk for COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus, just like dementia does not increase risk for flu. However, dementia-related behaviors, increased age and common health conditions that often accompany dementia may increase risk.

Coronavirus Social Narrative

I have created a FREE Coronavirus Social Narrative to help alleviate fears and anxiety many children may be experiencing at this time.

COVID-19 and Autism in NJ

A central hub of coronavirus resources for the autism community.

COVID-19 and Students With Disabilities: What You Need to Know

The FAQ contains essential information for parents, guardians, caregivers, and advocates to understand the educational rights of students with disabilities during this time of virtual learning. Issues such as the implementation of Individualized Education Programs (IEP), lack of access to technology, the legality of waivers, and considerations regarding compensatory education are all addressed in this publication.

COVID-19 Communication Rights Toolkit

With Printable Patient Accommodations Request Form
Available in English & Spanish

Patients with the coronavirus who need communication tools and supports due to speech-related disabilities face greater risks of discrimination and isolation during this pandemic. Your legal and civil rights to access your communication supports do not go away during an emergency, in quarantine, or in the hospital!

COVID-19 Disability Form

This fillable pdf form was developed by Michelle Ballan, Ph.D. and Christina Perri, Stony Brook University with input from ER physicians and families, and designed to reduce healthcare barriers for patients with IDD.  Having this form, and the accompanying documents noted on page 2 of the form, will help to alert ER physicians to necessary and proper communication with the patient with IDD and his/her needs and wishes.

COVID-19 Guidelines for Schools and the Impact on Kids With Food Allergies and Asthma

There are several resources schools can use to protect students and staff with food allergies and asthma during COVID-19 policy changes.

COVID-19, Unemployment Insurance, and People with Disabilities

This fact sheet details common questions that we have received about Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid and Unemployment Insurance. Because Unemployment Insurance is a state-federal partnership, state unemployment programs vary substantially, and this fact sheet does not attempt to provide details on different state systems.

CSOC Intellectual and Developmental Disability Services

Out of an abundance of caution, PerformCare recommends that eligibility applications for CSOC intellectual and developmental disability services (including Summer Camp Services) be submitted online through the Family Portal. Completing the application(s) online will also process faster at this current time. Coronavirus update: The best way to apply for Summer Camp Services and eligibility for intellectual and developmental disability (I/DD) services through CSOC is through our online Family Portal. https://apps.performcarenj.org/CYBERPortal/Production/Default.aspx Get more information about the summer camp services and the (I/DD) application. The Summer Camp Services application deadline has been extended to May 30, 2020.

Designated Support Person Permitted for a Patient with Disabilities

The NJ Department of Health (DOH) issued the hospital visitation policy for people with disabilities effective April 25, 2020. DOH now considers a designated support person essential to patient care for people with disabilities. As a result, hospitals must allow a designated support person to be with the individual during hospitalization.

Educator compiles resources for non-English speakers on COVID-19

CDC and COVID-19 resources for your use in multiple languages. If you can contribute more languages not seen here, please email [email protected] with the additional links.

Is Your Child in crisis?

Know the signs. All kids have bad days. But, trauma and life-changing events can create lasting challenges. Extreme behavior problems that continue for more than six months could indicate a need for help. Don’ t wait to get help! For free real-time de-escalation and emergency counseling, call the Children’s System of Care at 1-877-652-7624.

Linguabee Free VRI (Video Remote Interpreting) at Test Sites for Deaf & Hard of Hearing

Linguabee is offering free VRI services to Deaf people at remote test sites where an interpreter would otherwise be unavailable.

List of Medical Conditions At -Risk from COVID-19

People of any age with certain underlying medical conditions are at increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19. Severe illness from COVID-19 is defined as hospitalization, admission to the ICU, intubation or mechanical ventilation, or death.

Mental Health Videophone Support Available to Assist Sign Language Users During COVID-19 Outbreak

A free emotional support helpline is now available to deaf and hard of hearing New Jerseyans feeling the emotional and mental toll of COVID-19.

My Child Is In Crisis! Who Do I Call?

IF THERE IS INJURY OR THREAT OF INJURY, DIAL 911. If your child has been impacted by depression, trauma, violence, defiant behavior, and/or drug or alcohol use, call the NJ Children’s System of Care at 1-877-652-7624. It is open 24/7/365.

NDI Financial Resilience Center

National Disability Institute (NDI)'s Financial Resilience Center provides resources to help those with disabilities and chronic health conditions navigate financially through the COVID-19 crisis.

New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub

Call (General COVID-19 Questions): 2-1-1 (7a-11p)
Call (Medical COVID-19 Questions): 1-800-962-1253 (24/7)
Text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive alerts

NJDHS Novel Coronavirus Information

Aging Services. Child Care, Developmental Disabilities, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Mental Health and Addiction Services, etc.

The Arc of New Jersey COVID-19 Updates & Information Page

Contains events and national, state, and local resources for the I/DD community

The Arc of New Jersey's COVID-19 Vaccine Video for Individuals with I/DD

COVID-19 Vaccine Video for Individuals with I/DD is a free, short video, prepared to help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) know what to expect when they are able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The narrator of the video is Barbara Coppens, an extraordinary self-advocate who has received recognition in New Jersey and nationally, from The Arc of the United States, for her many years of advocacy on behalf of all individuals with I/DD.

The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities Information and Resources Related to COVID-19

The Boggs Center, as New Jersey’s federally designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) and New Jersey’s Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program, has compiled a selection of resources from New Jersey and across the country that may be useful to the disability community across the state. 

think of us Child Welfare COVID-19 Command Center

This Command Center houses resources and guidance for foster care individuals and organizations affected by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Update to Policies and Practices for the NJ Early Intervention System

The Department of Health has provided an update for Early Intervention Services during the COVID-19 pandemic. This update includes policies for evaluations and assessments, compensatory services, IFSPs, and service environments.

Wearing a Face Mask: A COVID-19 Social Story for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Wearing a Face Mask: A COVID-19 Social Story for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities can help readers understand why face masks are important for themselves and others to wear. Supporters of people with I/DD can also use this resource to discuss the importance of face masks by printing or sharing with the person on a computer screen, tablet, or smartphone.