Although the IHD building on the NAU campus is closed and the majority of IHD staff members are working remotely, IHD programs and services continue to operate. Staff members are available by phone and email. If you have an urgent situation that needs attention, contact Jill Pleasant at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Given this unprecedented situation and the impact on all of us, we have put together a short list of websites that offer detailed COVID-19 information and additional resources especially relevant to person with disabilities.
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Arizona Together provides statewide COVID-19 information including the new 2-1-1 COVID19 Hotline as an entry point to any questions and concerns about COVID-19. The line will operate from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. each day of the week and can be reached by dialing 2-1-1 when the person is calling from within Arizona. The service is available in English and Spanish.
Arizona Department of Economic Security/Division of Developmental Disabilities has Arizona information about specific disability-related services and programs including Developmental Disabilities, Arizona Early Intervention Program (AzEIP), and Short-Term Crisis Assistance. Additional information also includes mortgage assistance, Cash, Medical and Nutritional Assistance and unemployment benefits.
Arizona Department of Health Services provides regular updates about the developing COVID-19 pandemic in Arizona.
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OSEP is hosting a series of webinars highlighting ready-to-use resources, tools, and practices to support the educational, developmental, behavioral, and social/emotional needs of infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities through remote and distance learning. The first webinar in the series has been archived at this link. Registration for the next webinar is available here.
US Government Resources. This site links to major US government sites including the US Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Institutes for Health (NIH), the White House and FEMA.
Autism and COVID-19 – Information from the National Autism Association
COVID-19 Information in ASL includes five videos featuring a certified Deaf interpreter to deal with managing COVID-19 at home, symptoms of the virus, prevention tips, risk factors, and what older adults need to know about COVID-19. Videos include closed captions.
Plain Language Info on COVID-19 is a plain language booklet describing COVID-19 for individuals with developmental disabilities. The booklet is available in 11 different languages.
The CDC has developed guidelines for COVID-19 testing. The website has information about who should seek testing, what to do if you have been tested, and how to get tested.
The Administration for Community Living announced $995 million in grants to support older adults and people with disabilities. More information about these grants is available at the linked website.
The Association of American Medical Colleges has initiated a new, science-focused newsletter that provides updates three times per week about the COVID-19 pandemic. To sign up for the newsletter, follow this link and fill in your information.
The Clear and Simple Coronavirus Safety Guide, developed by TransCen, is a quick plain language public safety announcement that explains the novel coronavirus and how to stay safe and well.
The National Disability Institute’s Financial Resilience Center is an online hub to answer frequently asked questions about: COVID-19 Stimulus; Employment and Unemployment; Public Benefits; Money Management; Housing, Food and Healthcare; Scams and more. In addition to providing trusted answers to FAQs, the Financial Resilience Center offers users assistance to help manage their finances.
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Tips for Working Remotely and Combating Stress – As its name suggests, this website has useful tips for individuals who are working remotely and coping with the stress of working remotely.
Zoom Training Webinars – This is a series of webinars to increase one’s familiarity with Zoom.
Free Assistive Technology Software – Individuals with a college email address can type in their email address to download free sponsored assistive technology software. This software includes a screen reader and text magnifier.
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KEPRA Coping With Stress – This file provides information about how one’s body, mind, and behaviors may reflect stress associated with COVID-19. In addition to these warning signs, there are helpful tips for coping with stress.
Forbes Mental Health Tips is a Forbes article that provides tips and other resources related to mental health needs in the midst of COVID-19.
Talkspace is a telehealth resource currently providing free therapy for healthcare workers and first responders. They also have free therapist-led Facebook supports groups for all (available here) and a YouTube playlist with mental health tips from professional therapists (available here). If you are not a healthcare worker or first responder, Talkspace is still offering discounted one-on-one teletherapy to the public.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline is available 24/7 for survivors of domestic violence. Their phone number is 1-800-799-7233. If you are unable to speak safely, you can create an account on thehotline.org or text LOVEIS to 22522.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has a disaster distress helpline that provides 24/7 crisis counseling at 1-800-985-5990. You can also receive crisis counseling by texting TalkWithUs to 66746, or for Spanish, text Hablanos to 66746.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 at 800-273-TALK (8255) for people in distress.
Vibrant Emotional Health has coping tools for individuals experiencing emotional distress. These coping tools include applications targeting specific issues like a desire for connection or distraction.
Psych Hub has partnered with numerous mental health organizations to provide mental health support during the COVID-19 pandemic. The linked website includes other links to healthcare organizations like Aetna, Anthem, Cigna, and Centene.
This blog post from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention outlines five tips for taking care of one’s mental health in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The American Psychological Association provides recommendations for connecting with local mental health professionals. They also provide a list of links to different websites providing mental health support.
Psyber Guide is a website that evaluates different mental health applications for credibility, user experience, and transparency. The website helps individuals find applications based on each user’s unique needs.
Mental Health America has consolidated a wide variety of mental health resources for coping with COVID-19. These resources include websites for parents, older adults, LGBTQ+ individuals, and others.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Guide discusses mental health resources for individuals experiencing distress as a result of COVID-19. It also gives tips for self-care and addresses common questions about COVID-19.
The Science of Hope in a Time of Crisis is a Zoom webinar presented by Dr. Dan Tomasulo, a leading expert on hope and positive psychology. The webinar focuses on recent research on hope, and it connects the research to the current pandemic.
Dr. Donald Meichenbaum, an influential psychotherapist, has made his book Roadmap to Resilience available for free at the linked website. The book gives tips for building resilience in the face of adversity, and it includes a new addendum about ways to cope with the novel coronavirus.
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Arizona Department of Education offers specific guidance for students with and without disabilities.
DOE Q&A and Resources for Children – The Department of Education has provided a question-and-answer sheet regarding schools’ responsibilities during extended school closures. Many of these questions and answers are specifically related to students with disabilities.
Educational Support for Students with Disabilities – The National Center for Students with Learning Disabilities has created two resources tailored to parents and educators showing the best practices for serving students with disabilities in these new environments.
Closing the Gap has compiled a list of free or reduced–price assistive technology programs, including text-to-speech software, note-taking software, and online education tools.
IRIS Center developed training modules for parents to support their students’ learning at home amidst the COVID-19 school closures. The modules also include a list of resources for parents.
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This website serves as an important tool to help people learn how to be safe online while still having fun with their friends and family and connecting with their community.
The Center for START Services developed a list of numerous resources and activities for families and caregivers. These resources include strengths-based games, art therapy activities, mindfulness exercises, and more.
These infographics were created by a team of medical students and health professionals at the University of Pittsburgh, WashU, NYU, and St. Louis ARC. The five infographics explain various aspects of the pandemic situation in an accessible manner.