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COVID-19 Resources for Families

Our professional team has created the Milestones COVID-19 Hub for tips, updates and information to help you navigate the changes and challenges COVID-19 has introduced to our lives.  

Need help now? Contact the Milestones free autism Helpdesk to speak to one of our professional staff.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information and Supports

When will my child (aged 16+) be eligible for the COVID vaccine?
Ohio is preparing to distribute safe, effective COVID-19 vaccines statewide to those who choose to be vaccinated. Governor DeWine recently announced that those living with severe congenital, developmental, or early-onset medical disorders will be included in Phase 1B of the vaccine distribution. This phase is currently underway. Learn more about the vaccine schedule.

How can I learn about the Myths vs. Facts about the COVID vaccine?
The Ohio Department of Health has created a document that highlights the most commonly-asked questions about the myths vs. the facts about the COVID vaccine. You can read this document here.

I have other questions about the vaccine.
This list of frequently asked questions for the state of Ohio is available on the Ohio Department of Health's website. They have also developed a tool kit that answers  questions and also has a downloadable form individuals with disabilities to fill out and take with them when they get their vaccine, and several social stories on the vaccine process.

How can I explain vaccines for COVID-19 to my loved one in simple language?
The Cleveland Clinic offers a printable worksheet that answers questions about the vaccine.
This guide can be downloaded and explains everything related to the new vaccine.
Getting the COVID-19 vaccine -- A Social Story

Is there specific vaccine information for Medicare recipients?
There are different details, depending on which Medicare plan you have. Read more information specifically for Medicare recipients on Medicare.gov.

My loved one with disabilities is not able to articulate their needs to a health care worker and may have a hard time when they get their vaccine. What can I do to make this experience easier?
The Ohio Department of Health has created a fillable form that inviduals can fill out and take with them when they get their vaccine.

Anxiety and Mental Health Support

Coping with COVID-19: For Self-Advocates from Milestones Autism Resources
Tips to Help You Manage Anxiety During the COVID-19 Crisis from Milestones Autism Resources
Supporting Individuals with Autism Through Uncertain Times from the School of Education, University of North Carolina
Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with Coronavirus from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Coronavirus Tool Kit for Children with Autism During Lockdown from InovAND Excellence Center for Autism and Neurological Disorders
Ohio Launches Toll-Free ‘COVID Careline’ to Provide Emotional Support from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
Art with Heart - a website that offers exercises for expressing anxieties and feelings about the Coronavirus.
Anime-themed worksheets and flashcards for social-emotional learning on Coronavirus from Autism Teaching Strategies
Supporting Individuals with Autism through Uncertain Times from The UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute Autism Team
A resource guide for parents during Covid-19 from Akron Children's Hospital
Caring Friend Virtual Support Program for Children and Teens from Livespecial.com
Project Connect teletherapy line from Disability Scoop

Looking for a support group to meet other parents in the autism community? Visit our Resource Center here.

Ohio Statewide Agency Services and Resources

Family Connection Resources regarding the ongoing COVID-19 emergency from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities

Questions and Answers on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities during the Coronavirus Outbreak from the U.S. Department of Education
Guidance: COVID-19 Standards of Care for Vulnerable Populations from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities
What COVID-19 Standards of Care Means for Families from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities
Safeguard against Disability Discrimination during COVID-19 from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities
Do You Know Your Rights with COVID-19? from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities
Get Tested for COVID-19 from the Ohio Department of Health

Managing Behaviors and Daily Planning

How do I teach my child about handwashing?
Here are some helpful video resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
1) What You Need to Know About Handwashing
2) YouTube Live Handwashing Presentation
3) Clean Hands Help Prevent the Flu

Where can I take my child during the workday for care?
Milestones is currently compiling a list of individuals who are available to provide childcare. Please contact help@milestones.org or call 216.464.7600 ext. 200 for support.

Managing Behaviors at Home During the Virus Pandemic from Milestones Autism Resources
If I Feel Sick social story from Milestones Autism Resources
Daily Schedule Template for Self-Advocates from Milestones Autism Resources
Handwashing Social Story from The National Autism Association
Wearing A Mask social story from Autism Little Learners
Articles about Autism and Covid-19 from Autism Parenting Magazine
Virtual social stories for COVID-19 from socialstories4me.com

Need help learning how to incorporate visual supports into your child's routine? Read our Visual Supports Tool Kit. It offers guidance on using schedules and visual aids, with links to samples and templates you can download.

School Resources for Families

Milestones has compiled a flow chart and tips on how to work with your child's school to provide IEP services, structure and success for the school year, regardless of whether your child is spending the year in school virtually or in a hybrid school model. Read here

Read suggestions from Milestones on how to assist your child through this school year and make it successful, whether it is virtual or a hybrid option

Remote Learning for Students with Disabilities Who Have Complex Needs from Ohio Department of Education
New Special Education Term: Recovery Services, What is It? Is Your Child Eligible?
from Hickman & Lowder Co., LPA
School Leader Voices: Concerns & Challenges to Provide Meaningful IDEA-related services During Covid-19 from the National School Board Association
Social Distancing at Home Social Story from STAR Autism Support
Homeschooling Your Child with Autism from TACA Autism Community in Action
Transitioning Back to School During COVID from Indiana Resource Center for Autism
Students with Disabilities Reset and Restart for the 2020-21 School Year from the Ohio Department of Education
Virtual Activities for Teachers & Families During Covid-19 
Special Ed/COVID-19 Outbreak Q&A Fact Sheet from Disability Rights Ohio
Improving Accessibility for Remote Learning Environments from OCALI
Schooling During COVID: Family ECHO September Series from Nationwide Children's Hospital 

Do2Learn provides thousands of free pages with social skills and behavioral regulation activities and guidance, learning songs and games, communication cards, academic material, and transition guides for employment and life skills. 
Back to School Guide from the American Occupational Therapy Association
Planning for Instruction both at School and Distance Learning: The 5C Process
Covid 19 Related Social Stories for Schools from Autism Little Learners
Thinking About Thinking from MooBoo Resources offers activities for visual learners
ABCya! - math, spelling, art games for PreK through middle school
Cool Math - math lessons and games for middle - and high school students
Hooda Math - math games, K through high school
Khan Academy - tutoring and resources in multiple subjects for K-12. Also offers college testing tutorials.
Khan Academy Kids - instructional app for kids ages 2-7
Math Playground - math games, 1st-6th grade
Mobymax - helps with learning gaps in variety of subjects, various ages
National Geographic for Kids - science and nature, animals
PBS Kids - games, videos, daily activities with preschool characters
Read Write Think - reading and language arts, K-12
Scholastic - books, book clubs, reading skills
Scholastic Learn at Home Program - educational activities, videos, and articles that change daily
Scratch - create your own stories, games and animations
Seussville - activities with a Dr. Seuss character theme
Starfall - learning for PreK-3rd grade
Storybird - lessons on how to write stories
Super Duper Library - Free digital cards and worksheets for learning

School Resources for Educators

Financial Supports

Resources for Financial Assistance During COVID-19 from The Mighty
Covid-19 Emergency Fund from Autism Care Today
ASD Ascend College Autism Scholarships from ASD Ascend
Stimulus Check Calculator - Provides an estimate on how much you may receive, Created by the Washington Post
General financial questions answered regarding various payment delays and filing for unemployment from NPR
Emergency Rental Assistance from the Coalition of Homelessness and Housing in Ohio

What to Know About COVID-19

News Alert: Hospital Visitation and COVID-19 from Disability Scoop
What Should the Autism Community Know About the Coronavirus Outbreak?
 from Autism Speaks
How to Handle Clinical Care During Social Distancing from Autism Speaks
COVID-19 Resources from University Hospitals' Rainbow Center for Women & Children
What's COVID-19? social story from the National Autism Association
Coronavirus social story for children from The Autism Educator
Hello, I Am A Virus (a Social Story for Young Children) from the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities
Hello, I Am A Virus (a Social Story for Young Children) Spanish version from the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities
How Do I Get Tested For COVID-19? social story for children from Cincinnati Children's Hospital
I Can Wear A Mask! social story for children from Cincinnati Children's Hospital
I Can Stay Healthy By Wearing A Face Mask  from Rutgers University Medical School and The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities
Multiple videos and social stories about COVID-19  compiled by various resources
Lectura: Aprendizaje a distancia por Autism Little Learners from Autism Little Learners

More Helpful Links

In-home Suggestions for Parents During Quarantine from Autism New Jersey
Guide for establishing routines at home from the Marcus Autism Center
Tips for Teens with Autism from Bryan Westfall, Aurora High School Senior and Self-Advocate
Self-Directed Safety Planning Guidebook from The Adult Advocacy Centers
Assisted Safety Planning Guidebook from The Adult Advocacy Centers
COVID-19 Information and Resources from Autism Speaks
How to Explain a Global Heath Crisis to Children with Autism from Psychology Today
COVID-19 Information By and For People with Disabilities from Ohio Self-Determination Association
COVID-19 Information By and For People with Disabilities (Spanish) from Ohio Self-Determination Association
Internet Safety for Kids with ASD  (English and Spanish) from STAR Autism Support

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