COVID-19 Resources & Guidance
We have compiled helpful resources developed by various national, local and state agencies and organizations about COVID-19. We encourage you to check this page frequently for updated and additional resources.
For updates and important information about WIHD, please visit: https://www.wihd.org/updates-from-wihd/
Last updated: July 14, 2020
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
CDC is one of the major operating components of the Department of Health and Human Services. View CDC’s official COVID-19 website to learn more about symptoms of coronavirus, how to protect yourself, and what to do when you are sick.
For information from the CDC specifically about people with disabilities, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-with-disabilities.html
Administration for Community Living (ACL)
ACL brings together the efforts and achievements of the Administration on Aging (AoA), the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD), and the HHS Office on Disability to serve as the Federal agency responsible for increasing access to community supports, while focusing attention and resources on the unique needs of older Americans and people with disabilities across the lifespan. The ACL has created a COVID-19 page highlighting helpful resources about COVID-19.
New York State Department of Health
Updated daily with important updates and information about COVID-19.
Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)
OPWDD has been approaching COVID-19 on multiple fronts including emergency preparedness and response, health and safety, policy development, training, field work and funding. Their COVID-19 website includes information and guidance for providers, people receiving support and families.
- Day Services Guidance: https://opwdd.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/07/7.10.2020-reopening-day-programs_opwdd_new-final-agency-guidance-format-final.pdf
- Home Visit Guidance: https://opwdd.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/07/7.10.2020-opwdd_covid19_homevisits-doh-final.pdf
- Return to Residence Following an Extended Stay Guidance: https://opwdd.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/07/7.10.2020-opwdd_covid19_returntohomeextendedstay-final_0.pdf
- Community Outings Guidance: https://opwdd.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/07/7.10.2020-opwdd_covid19_communityoutings-final_1.pdf
Rose F. Kennedy University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD)
Rose F. Kennedy compiled information related to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Resources are listed by area: NYC – Local, NY – State, and National. Each resource is listed by its target audience: Children/Youth, General COVID, Individuals with Disabilities, Older Adults, and Plain Language. Plain language is for all reading levels. Resources are in English unless otherwise noted.
University of Rochester University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD)
The Unversity of Rochester UCEDD has compiled an extensive list of resources for children, tweens/teens, parents and for people with developmental disabilities/developmental behavioral pediatrics, and their families.
Hunger Solutions New York
Hunger Solutions New York is working to provide updates that can help schools, community organizations, and families mitigate the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus) on the food security of low-income people.
Westchester County Department of Health
Latest updated regarding the COVID-19 pandemic in Westchester County.
Let’s Talk About the Coronavirus (COVID-19): A social narrative for to help your loved ones
Resources for People with Intellectual and/or Developmental disabilities
- Plain Language Information for Coronavirus (English): https://selfadvocacyinfo.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Plain-Language-Information-on-Coronavirus.pdf
- Plain Language Information for Coronavirus (Spanish): https://selfadvocacyinfo.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Spanish-Plain-Language-Information-on-Coronavirus.pdf
- Plain Language – Tips For Working With Support Staff During COVID-19: https://acl.gov/sites/default/files/common/Plain-Language-Tips-For-Working-With-Support-Staff-During-COVID-19-March-30-2020.pdf
- The above resources were created by Green Mountain Self-Advocates. They were developed by and for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.
Resources to Stay Active
- Special Olympics NY is offering a virtual program and resources for athletes that can be accessed by all. Every weekday a new video is made available as part of the Special Olympics New York six-week virtual program. To access their YouTube channel for pre-recorded sessions, please visit https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8YC0_QcdVIQisUPBnXMCNv58_QH1GFz1
- Ideas for Activities While Sheltering in Place (English): https://scdd.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/33/2020/03/ENG-FINAL-Activities-While-Sheltering-In-Place-3-18-2020-rev-2..pdf
- Ideas for Activities While Sheltering in Place (Spanish): https://scdd.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/33/2020/03/SPAN-FINAL-Activities-While-Sheltering-In-Place-3-18-2020-rev2.pdf
- Links to various resources for staying active and engaged: https://naricspotlight.wordpress.com/2020/03/18/stuck-at-home-resources-to-stay-active-and-engaged/