The Arc Westchester is committed to providing you and your loved ones with useful information, as we all navigate though these uncertain times, during the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We know that the DD population as whole is particularly stressed at times like these, as daily routines are completely throw into flux.
Please take the opportunity to browse some compiled helpful materials that could directly benefit you and your loved ones:
Not everyone who is infected will require a hospital stay, as most will “self-resolve” within their homes. For tips on how to safely treat someone with Coronavirus (COVID-19) in your home, check out this informative article from USA Today HERE
Washington Post Staff Writer, Jackie Spinner discusses the challenges her son has faced since the Coronavirus outbreak. In this piece she gives an inside look into the new realities of her and her family’s day-to-day life; and talks with top people in the industry on how parents can help their children cope with this ever changing situation.
Read her full story HERE
Autism Speaks, the largest autism advocacy organization in the US, has created a entire resources page dedicated to helping families affected by autism. You can view it’s list of materials and helpful articles HERE
Similar to Autism Speaks, The Arc of the United States – the overarching and nationally recognized body of The Arc movement – has created a helpful COVID-19 resource center. Along with many helpful links and tips, the resource center also gives instructions on how you can advocate the needs of the I/DD community to your local, state, and federal representatives!
View The Arc of the US’ resource center HERE
Green Mountain Self-Advocates is an organization dedicated to supporting self-advocates throughout the state of Vermont. Our Coordinator of Cognitive Supports -Jordan Jankus, learned about the group’s “Plan Language Booklets on COVID-19” , and believes they can be helpful in explaining Coronavirus to individuals who may be confused.
The booklets are available in both English and Spanish!
To read these informative and simple booklets, click HERE
The outbreak of COVID-19 around the world has led to the spread of fear and panic for individuals and communities. In addition to following physical precautions guidelines, individuals should be taking care of their psychological well-being.
To help, the New York State Department of Mental Health has released tips and suggestions on how to manage one’s stress and anxiety regarding Coronavirus. To read these tips, click HERE