COVID-19 Resources

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. We will continue to add resources to this list as we find them. 

Coronavirus: Response & Resources from the Autism Society: https://www.autism-society.org/covid-19/

WI Southern Regional Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs COVID-19 Resources: https://cyshcn.waisman.wisc.edu/

Helpful info for Families with autistic children during Social Distancing https://docs.google.com/document/d/1po5Z-7zUfwvORvnD56K3hWgL4TpHRbTysh52wXbSKys/edit?usp=sharing

WIfacets covid-19 resources https://wifacets.org/links

WI Department of Health Services:      https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/index.htm

Love and Discounts in the time of Coronavirus disabled adult who writes a very useful page about the nuts and bolts of living with disability and chronic illness has information for everyone during this time https://howtogeton.wordpress.com/love-discounts-in-the-time-of-coronavirus/

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 https://wisconsinliteracy.org/resources/health-resources.html

Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition YouTube video showing how to request an absentee ballot https://youtu.be/XLwVfoIBzAc

While At Home resource hub https://whileathome.org/

Coronavirus symptom self-checker from the CDC https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/index.html

Social Stories about COVID-19

Why is Everything so Weird? social story about the feelings we have about social distancing https://neurodiversitylibrary.files.wordpress.com/2020/03/why-is-everything-so-weird_-1.pdf

Kids printable comic from NPR about the virus: https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/28/809580453/just-for-kids-a-comic-exploring-the-new-coronavirus

Social stories and AAC resources: https://www.smore.com/udqm2-covid-19-preparedness

Plain language information for adults with disabilities: https://cyshcn.waisman.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/140/2020/03/Plain-Language-Information-on-Coronavirus.pdf

Don’t Share Your Germs! A Social Story About Staying Healthy https://www.autismsociety-nc.org/wp-content/uploads/Germs-Social-Story.pdf

Steps to washing your hands from the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/pdf/wash-your-hands-steps-8×11.pdf

How to see how germs spread YouTube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5-dI74zxPg&feature=emb_share&fbclid=IwAR1M7CZyrWeoHXzYYL4HBFHoLGXc4SvLA7vYir34RrpHlfp5KjC0Im_tIAc

YouTube video from self-advocates in Wisconsin about coronavirus https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7Yl-BesvDw&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR06XcfFtfR0_nkp8Hl9PUd7ST-4RP5P-HdDVKWSGrOR8-toQM_IPVF4Pww

Financial Resources

Tenant Resource Center https://www.tenantresourcecenter.org/

United Way 211 or 877-947-2211 https://211wisconsin.communityos.org/

Covid-19 financial resources from UW Extension https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/toughtimes/covid-19-financial-resources/

Food and Housing resources from Wisconsin Public Radio https://www.wpr.org/where-find-food-housing-help-and-more-wisconsin-during-covid-19-pandemic

Mental Health Resources

Special Needs Parenting in the age of pandemic https://medium.com/@sean_40537/special-needs-parenting-in-the-age-of-pandemic-e0c9320c5a58

Care for your Coronavirus anxiety                https://www.virusanxiety.com/?fbclid=IwAR03ACi5sEzNBb8Q-n4Be42Puxiz4NPjJvCBabfHRetFt9ZoFmU9k9mV1E0

Peaceful, nature-rich sound recordings: https://www.audubon.org/news/immerse-yourself-these-peaceful-nature-rich-sound-recordings

Talking to kids about the coronavirus

From the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/talking-with-children.html

From Child Mind Institute: https://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus/

Resources in Spanish/en español

Plain language information for disabled adults in Spanish/Información de COVID-19 Por y Para Personas con Discapacidades: https://cyshcn.waisman.wisc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/140/2020/03/Spanish-Plain-Language-Information-on-Coronavirus.pdf

Coronavirus: Why do I need to stay at home?/ Coronavirus ¿Por qué debo quedarme en casa? https://www.autismlittlelearners.com/2020/03/free-coronavirus-social-narrative-for.html

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 https://wisconsinliteracy.org/resources/health-resources.html

Education Resources

Information from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction: https://dpi.wi.gov/sspw/2019-novel-coronavirus

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

Verona Public Library virtual storytime https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-TusB-bWZ0&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR1hNAacdeqS5ZXL82RbWBDkPb887qxAveGo4v23qTRQ941iDdDPBtfv3qs

Google Tools for Struggling Students and Special Needs https://www.controlaltachieve.com/2016/10/special-needs-extensions.html

Stay at home read-alongs, storytimes, sing-alongs, and more https://growingbookbybook.com/online-literacy-resources/

Brainpop – free access while the schools are closed https://www.brainpop.com/

The Kid Should See This smart videos for curious minds of all ages https://thekidshouldseethis.com/

Henry Vilas Zoo livestream zookeeper chat at 2 pm each day https://www.facebook.com/HenryVilasZoo/

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems facebook live at noon central time each weekday: https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems

Podcasts for kids: https://www.wired.com/story/best-podcasts-for-kids/

Calendar of virtual field trips for families https://docs.google.com/document/d/1qpFAQz_QJt0ZTVTixAyuGRjsKGYI23CjlaO9eLBkThE/preview?fbclid=IwAR3I7fWFWCZQYPEtfTUX9RuuD9fyObP4ue7ayO9JjFcTqlmfZeTZYJ8X1co

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 http://30days.familieslearning.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/NCFL30Days.pdf

Share This