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.

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Last updated: December 23, 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

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.

Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) has put together a Public Health Toolkit called “Public Health is For Everyone”. It is a one-stop living collection of resources and best practices on health and disability to ensure public health efforts reach people living with a disability. They are actively adding disability inclusion resources to the COVID-19 and emergency preparedness sections.

New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH)

COVID-19 Vaccine: Get the Facts

Updated daily with important updates and information about COVID-19.

NYSDOH has put together a webpage with the most up to date information on how to help protect yourself and your family from contracting COVID-19. This valuable resource has information on symptoms, prevention, mask and face coverings guidance, Matilda’s Law, ways to prepare if you become sick, managing stress and anxiety, ways to enjoy life safely and information on how to stay informed.

NYSDOH has also created an inclusive COVID-19 Symptom Check Card. This card is tailored for the Deaf and hard of hearing community but can be used by anyone to help communicate their needs.

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.

OPWDD has released new guidance which provides guidelines to providers and family members allowing the resumption of home visits, community outings and day services, as well as returning to residential settings following extended home visits. The guidelines will be effective July 15, 2020 for regions of the State that have entered into Phase Four in accordance with the New York Forward Reopening Plan.
The new guidance can be found here:

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

This short, social narrative about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) was created so that it could be shared with your loved ones to help get them through this situation.
It was developed by the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UM-NSU CARD).

Resources for People with Intellectual and/or Developmental disabilities

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