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COVID-19 Resources for Families

Our professional team has created this 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

I need help scheduling a vaccine for my child (ages 12+) or myself. 
The State of Ohio vaccine website can help people determine where there are available vaccines closest to where they live. In addition, most major pharmacy chains now offer vaccine appointments. Contact your local store for more information.

When can I get a vaccine for my child who is under age 12?
Drug trials are currently underway for children younger than 12 by both Pfizer and Moderna. Current projections suggest there will be a vaccine available in the fall of 2021.

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.

What are the qualifications in order to receive a booster shot?
The specifics of this recommendation is available on this fact sheet from the Ohio Department of Health.

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
Ohio 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

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

Ohio Statewide Agency Services and Resources

Responsible Restart Ohio from the Ohio Department of Health
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
Get Tested for COVID-19 from the Ohio Department of Health
FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit - this Emergency Broadband Benefit Program can help households struggling to pay for internet service during the pandemic
Covid-19 Health and Prevention Guidance for K-12 Schools from the Ohio Department of Education

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

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

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

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
Homeschooling Your Child with Autism from TACA Autism Community in Action
"Facing Fears, Supporting Students" Tool Kit from Mental Health America (available in English and Spanish)
Return to School Roadmap: Development and Implementation of Individualized Education Programs from IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act)

Financial Supports

ASD Ascend College Autism Scholarships from ASD Ascend
Emergency Rental Assistance from the Coalition of Homelessness and Housing in Ohio

What to Know About COVID-19

Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People from the Center for Disease Control (CDC)
Protect Yourself When Using Transportation from the Center for Disease Control (CDC)
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
How to Explain a Global Heath Crisis to Children with Autism from Psychology Today

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