The autism community faces extraordinary challenges during the COVID-19 crisis, and we are here to help. We know how important it is to get reliable and trustworthy information in this time of uncertainty. Below is a list of resources that we have vetted that may be helpful for you or your family during this outbreak.
New Social Stories from Autism Society of America


Special Ed while staying Safer at Home with attorney Jeff Spitzer-Resnick
General information

Coronavirus: Response & Resources from the Autism Society:

What is Your Plan? Worksheet to make a plan in case you get infected

Respite Care WI Finding Your New Normal during COVID-19 Resources, tips and tricks for caregivers and providers. Note: Once you are on their website you will need to click the “Try for free” button to access the resources. The Title Page tab has a list of  resources by category and the Shared Files tab has all the pdf’s/ downloadable files.

WI Southern Regional Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs COVID-19 Resources:

WI Department of Health Services:

Well Badger Resources

Resources for Families to Support Learning from Home During COVID-19

Online Teaching Resources for Children and Families from Wide Open School (you can select that you are a family and find resources in a number of categories including Special Needs)

Balancing Complex Care Giving and Educating Children from Complex Child

Working and Learning from Home from the American Academy of Pediatricians

Tips for Families in Supporting Their Children with Disabilities in Virtual Formats (English and Spanish) from the Florida Inclusion Network.

Florida Inclusion Network also is offering a recording of a Paula Kluth webinar on “5 Way to Support Students with Special Needs”. This is free to access through April.

Social Stories about COVID-19

Why is Everything so Weird? social story about the feelings we have about social distancing

Kids printable comic from NPR about the virus:

Social stories and AAC resources:

Plain language information for adults with disabilities:

Don’t Share Your Germs! A Social Story About Staying Healthy

Steps to washing your hands from the CDC:×11.pdf

How to see how germs spread YouTube video

YouTube video from self-advocates in Wisconsin about coronavirus

Financial Resources

Tenant Resource Center

United Way 211 or 877-947-2211

Covid-19 financial resources from UW Extension

Mental Health Resources

Anxiety and Autism- CoP ASD/DD Anxiety and Autism is available at

Special Needs Parenting in the age of pandemic

Care for your Coronavirus anxiety      

Virtual Calming Room

Peaceful, nature-rich sound recordings:

Talking to kids about the coronavirus

From the CDC:

From Child Mind Institute:

Resources in Spanish/en español

Camp Kinda Here’s a free, virtual summer camp experience designed to keep kids engaged, asking questions, and having fun even while they’re stuck at home. “Open” each weekday starting June 1 to September 1. On any given day, kids may be exploring the art of graphic novels, unlocking the mysteries of history, or jumping into the world’s craziest sports. Also available in Spanish.

Plain language information for disabled adults in Spanish/Información de COVID-19 Por y Para Personas con Discapacidades:

Coronavirus: Why do I need to stay at home?/ Coronavirus ¿Por qué debo quedarme en casa?

Wisconsin Literacy covid-19 resources in plain language in English, Spanish, and other languages including the Wisconsin Safer at Home order in plain language in English and Spanish

Education Resources

Information from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction:

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Special Ed Helpline 608-266-1781

Brainpop – free access while the schools are closed

The Kid Should See This smart videos for curious minds of all ages

Henry Vilas Zoo livestream zookeeper chats

Podcasts for kids:

NCFL’s guide to 30 Days of Families Learning Together provides a month’s worth of family literacy activities and practices designed to inspire family memories rooted in imagining, playing, and learning together

Fun Hands-On Learning to do at Home (broken down by grade check out wherever your child is at).