Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus
The article provides guidance for parents on how to navigate the initial conversations with their child about COVID-19 and how to maintain clear communication afterwards.
How to Care for a Person with COVID-19 at Home: Advice for Caregivers
A Public Health Agency of Canada website with practice advice on reducing risks of transmission for caregivers.
Tips on how to clean your home during the COVID-19 pandemic
Tips on how to clean your home during the COVID-19 pandemic from The New York Times.
82 Summer Activities for Families with Special Needs
A list of 82 activities divided into a different category for each day of the week.
A guide on conducting speech therapy interventions at home
A guide on conducting speech therapy interventions at home for infants and toddlers, preschoolers, school-age children, adolescents, and young adults.
COVID-19 Resource for Canadian Youth with Disabilities, Their Families, & Support Teams
A webpage with links to general COVID-19 information, leisure activities, online community to join, and other educational materials.
An online toolkit for supporting individuals with autism
An online toolkit for supporting individuals with autism during the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 Coronavirus: Answering your Questions 10 videos
A YouTube playlist by Health Care Access Research and Developmental Disabilities (HCARDD) on COVID-19 and answering common questions.
An article written by an individual on the spectrum on social distancing
An article written by an individual on the spectrum on social distancing and the strengths of individuals with autism.
A communication rights toolkit by Communication Disabilities Access Canada (CDAC)
A communication rights toolkit by Communication Disabilities Access Canada (CDAC) explaining communication rights, tips on advocating for those rights, and provides an accommodation request form to bring to the hospital.
Staying Sane at home with your Kiddos: For families with older children and teens
Info, ideas, activities, online learning opportunities and testimonies about staying at home with older children and adolescents on the spectrum.
A social story on the importance of washing hands by Carol Gray
A social story on the importance of washing hands by Carol Gray.
‘It’s a constant worry’: Individuals with Down syndrome at greater risk of COVID-19
CTV article about how individuals with down syndrome are at higher risk of getting COVID-19
How do you talk about COVID-19 to people with intellectual disabilities?
How to talk about COVID-19 without creating unnecessary fear. What to say and not to say to provide clear information about the current situation.
Kids with disabilities face health risks and marginalization under COVID-19: expert
Our Great Big List of COVID-19 for Autistic People
This page provides resources and links on communication, coping skills, online meetups, how to self-advocate, financial aid, and tips for parents/caregivers.
A policy statement by the Ontario Human Rights Commission on a human rights based approach to manage the COVID-19 pandemic
A policy statement by the Ontario Human Rights Commission on a human rights based approach to manage the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tenants’ Resources: Rent & Eviction during COVID-19
Legal information about housing rights and support for people in need during the COVID-19 crisis.
COVID 19: I Can Help!
Fireside Chat with Dr. Ullanda Niel: Your COVID-19 Questions Answered
A webinar/video about Q&A related to COVID-19 with Dr. Ullanda Niel
Information about COVID-19 and people with disabilities in Canada by the Government of Canada
Information about COVID-19 and people with disabilities in Canada by the Government of Canada.
Many Benefits of Sensory Gardens
An article for parents that describes how to plant your own sensory garden and how each element can be designed to stimulate each of the senses for their children.
A Washington Post article about helping children with autism to cope with the uncertainty of COVID-19
A Washington Post article about helping children with autism to cope with the uncertainty of COVID-19.
Plain Language Introduc1on to Supported Decision Making
A Twitter Question and Answer hub
A Twitter Question and Answer hub where youth and their family can ask questions about disabilities and COVID-19.
‘It’s Hit Our Front Door’: Homes for the Disabled See a Surge of Covid-19
COVID-19 Information & Resource
This webpage by Autism Speaks Canada explores general information on COVID-19, hygiene practices, caring for someone who has been infected, handling school closures, and other national resources.
Resources for Indigenous Communities
COVID-19 resources for Indigenous Communities compiled by the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society.
Talking to your child about tragedy: Six tips for the autism community
Six tips for talking to your child about tragedy by Autism Speaks.
COVID-19 AND THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES: GUIDANCE
This document created by the United Nations is about the rights of persons with disabilities during COVID-19
COVID-19 & Autism: Keep Calm and Self-Regulate On
Theresa Hedley whose adult son Erik has ASD talks about how they have been working on self-regulation during the COVID-19 crisis.
Gardening – People with Disabilities
This article explores the skills developed through gardening and how to best facilitate this activity for those with disabilities.
Miriam Foundation Facebook
During these unprecedented events, the Miriam Foundation is stepping up to provide assistance for the families of the Miriam Assessment Intervention community. Sessions would happen through videoconferencing at a reduced rate (1 hour for $ 50).
Talking with Chidlren About Coronavirus Disease 2019
This article for parents & professionals explores general principles for talking with children and important facts about COVID-19 to include in the discussion.
Tips on handwashing, including visuals
Tips on handwashing, including visuals.
Online Resources for Individuals And Families Living With ASD During the Covid-19 Pandemic
This page regroups helpful links for all ages: activities, videos, mental health support. It also provides contact info of family support workers (phone and email).
An article by Dr. Anthony Bailey
An article by Dr. Anthony Bailey (Chair of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia) on supporting indivduals with autism and their families during COVID-19.
COVID-19 – Autism Nova Scotia Programs and Services Update
General information about Autism Nova Scotia closures and available resources during the COVID-19 crisis.
This article was written as a collaboration between the Adult Autistic and Medical Communities
This article was written as a collaboration between the Adult Autistic and Medical Communities. It contains advice and resources for autistic individuals related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Interim Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention & Control in Schools
This UNICEF report provides guidelines and recommendations for parents and education staff/administration which focus on reducing rates of transmission in school settings.
56 Ways for Music to Help When Social Distancing
This webpage provides 5 infographics on how to incorporate music into activities or to promote mental health. The last section specifically provides advice for those with intellectual & neuro-developmental differences.
How to Talk to Kids About the Novel Coronavirus Without Scaring Them
This news article explores how parents can navigate conversations on COVID-19, model positive behaviour, and keep track of their child’s mental well-being.
PAFN Facebook Page
Facebook Homepage of the Pacific Autism Family Network. General information and latest updates.
What you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine for Canada
Informative guide on what you need to know about the covid-19 vaccine provided by the Government of Canada
Things to know about the COVID Vaccine
COVID vaccine information sheet provided by Health Care Access Research and Developmental Disabilities
Coronavirus information for people with a learning disability
Supporting Individuals on The Autism Spectrum during COVID-19
Advice about mental health support during the COVID-19 crisis. Targets how to deal with change and job uncertainty.
The One COVID-19 Response Needed Most, That Never Came
A personal blog post from a parent with a child that has Rett Syndrome about the COVID-19 response and support that was never provided during the pandemic
What to do while in Isolation, COVID-19 Resource
A resource page with international & local links for online education, entertainment, & activities. Resource from Toronto-based organizations are also provided.
Social Stories for Kids About COVID-19
This page describes how to use age-appropriate “social stories” educate children on COVID-19. 4 links to different social stories are provided.
Tools & Resources for Families with Children on the Autism Spectrum
Washing hands tips and tricks for children and lots of resources to keep the children busy during the lockdown: virtual field trips, educational, fun and physical activities.
Priority for COVID-19 vaccine must include those with intellectual / developmental disabilities
Royal society of Canada publishes an article on how individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities must be prioritized for COVID-19 vaccine
Coronavirus Updates & Resources
Information about closures and remote services currently available for individuals and families, phone lines for children and adults.
How to Explain a Global Health Crisis to Children with Autism
A webpage for parents/caregivers describing important considerations for effective communication with children who have ASD.
UNC team creates online toolkit for those supporting individuals with autism during COVID-19 epidemic
Helpful practical strategies in an autism-focused COVID-19 Toolkit, Introduces strategies such as social narratives, task analysis and strategies for calming.
Supporting Our Community
Presentation of a survey about how the Ontario Autism Program can best serve its community during the COVID-19 crisis and links toward online services currently available.
Dealing with COVID19 – Resource for special educators, therapists, & families
This site is a compilation of videos and graphics referenced from other sources, covering a wide range of topics related to COVID19.
Children with disabilities disproportionately affected by pandemic
Tips on COVID-19 and pandemics by Sesame Street
Tips on COVID-19 and pandemics by Sesame Street for verbal and non-verbal children with autism.
An overview of the rights of, and challenges faced by, persons with disabilities in Canada during COVID-19 by The Library of Parliament
An overview of the rights of, and challenges faced by, persons with disabilities in Canada during COVID-19 by The Library of Parliament.
Miriam Assessment Intervention Programs Videoconferencing Consultation Service
Real-time videoconferencing between the Miriam clinicians and the caregivers participating in this project will approximate the same high-quality service as those offered in a face-to-face setting.
Tips and resources for families with disabilities
Tips and resources for families with disabilities by Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.
What to Do When Your Child on the Autism Spectrum’s Routine Is Disrupted by the Coronavirus
This article provides 3 practice tips for parents on managing changes and uncertainty.
Respite Services COVID-19 Update for Families & Respite Workers
General good practice and health advice during the COVID-19 crisis, targeted at families and caregivers.
Invisible vulnerables during COVID-19
How coronavirus is affecting kids on the spectrum and their parents (in quarantine)
A news-story of families with a child with ASD & some tips on how to manage changes.
COVID-19 Mythbusters by the World Health Organization (WHO)
COVID-19 Mythbusters by the World Health Organization (WHO). This website explores facts and myths related to COVID-19.
COVID-19 Vaccine Questions – Animated Explainer
COVID-19 and Canada’s Kids
Children’s Healthcare Canada provides a COVID-19 section with resources for children, family, and physicians. This resource section also has webinars related to children’s health and COVID-19.
30 ideas to entertain yourself during social distancing
30 ideas and even more links to entertain yourself during social distancing: streaming services, activities, games, online learning, virtual tours.
An info-graphic on social distancing
An info-graphic on social distancing.
A blog containing tips on autism and COVID-19
A blog containing tips on autism and COVID-19.
Information from the Government of Canada on the Disability Tax Credit (DTC)
Information from the Government of Canada on the Disability Tax Credit (DTC).
COVID-19 Navigation Guide
A webpage with plenty of links to resources & guides. Topics explored include: learning about & explaining COVID-19, safe practices, dealing with anxiety and uncertainty, and taking care of one’s mental health.
Tips provided by the World Health Organization on how to cope with stress about COVID-19
Tips provided by the World Health Organization on how to cope with stress about COVID-19.
OAP Information Sessions
Information about the Ontario Autism Program: general orientation and related services currently available online.
Bored at Home? Here’s a Massive List of Museums, Zoos, and Theme Parks Offering Virtual Tours
A webpage providing links to virtual tours, museums, & attractions.
Coronavirus Social Story
A video intended to help families support individuals with ASD, to understand COVID-19, practice better hygiene, & address anxieties.
ARCH Disability Law Centre’s Advocacy Toolkit
ARCH Disability Law Centre’s Advocacy Toolkit “Advocating for Your Support Person, Attendant or Communication Assistant to be with You in Hospital During the COVID-19 Pandemic” (Plain language).
A Stay-At-Home Guide for Kids with FASD
An interactive, printable guidebook for children with FASD to organize and plan activities that contribute to their well-being
COVID-19: Helping families with special needs during a public health crisis
CIBC Theatre for All: At Home Activities!
This document provides various theatre related crafts, activities, multimedia, & colouring pages.
Support for Individuals with ASD: Coping with Family and Virtual Interactions During COVID-19
A video on how to support individuals with ASD and how to cope with virtual distractions during COVID-19 provided by the Autism Research Institute
Autism, Anxiety, & COVID19
A webinar/video presentation exploring special considerations for those with ASD in the midst of COVID-19.
Details about proposed financial support
Details about proposed financial support for persons with disabilities during COVID-19.
How to Talk to Children About the Coronavirus
This article discusses how much information on COVID-19 a parent should disclose, common questions children may have, and how to reassure children while modelling calmness.
Children with disabilities face health risks, disruption and marginalization under coronavirus
An article on how children with disabilities face marginalization and health risks during the pandemic
Stay at Home Guide: 100s of Activities & Resource for Families on Pause
A webpage with activities ranging from physically active games to e-learning websites for children at home.
Webinar | Think About It: Mental Health and Stigma
A webinar/video on how to support the health of people with developmental disabilities during COVID-19
Coronavirus – Staying Safe
An easy to read infographic for children, that discusses the similarity of COVID-19 to the flu alongside handwashing practices.
Supporting Adults with Autism through Uncertain Times, Mental health resources, daily living resources, social connectedness resource, and COVID-19 resources. Autism Focused Intervention Resource and Modules (AFRIM) – resource book for adults with ASD.
An emergency preparedness guide for people with disabilities and special needs by Public Safety Canada
An emergency preparedness guide for people with disabilities and special needs by Public Safety Canada.
A guide by Canadian Association for Community Living on the impact of COVID-19 on jobs
A guide by Canadian Association for Community Living on the impact of COVID-19 on jobs.
Be Mindful, Be Present, Be You: How to Handle Crisis Anxiety – Becca Lory Hector, CAS, BCCS
An article written by a self-advocate about ways and tips on how to handle crisis anxiety
How to wash hands properly to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by the Government of Canada
How to wash hands properly to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by the Government of Canada. This resources includes visual references.
Vaccines for COVID-19
Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine: What you should know
Information on the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine provided by the government of Canada
Inclusion Alberta provides a visual COVID-19 Parent Toolkit
A Visual Hand Washing Schedule
A visual hand washing schedule by HANDS in Autism: Interdisciplinary Training & Resource Center.
A blog post on challenging situations regarding the health care of adults
A blog post on challenging situations regarding the health care of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities during COVID-19.
Questions and Answers about Canada Recovery Benefits
COVID-19 Communication Rights Toolkit
An Information Guide on Viruses
An information guide on viruses and staying healthy by Council for Intellectual Disability.
101+ Ideas to Keep Your Kids Busy During Coronavirus Closures
A webpage providing a list of activities & links for children to keep busy.
A social story explaining pandemics and COVID-19 by Carol Gray
A social story explaining pandemics and COVID-19 by Carol Gray.
COVID 19 and the disability movement
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
A Public Health Agency of Canada Website with general information on COVID-19 relating to current events, personal health, financial/economic support, & safety considerations.
How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus
This article offers 3 steps to navigate a conversation about COVID-19 with children and 4 ways to encourage good hygiene practice.
Post-Secondary Students Resources
Tips for supporting your post-secondary child in their studies, guide on completing School Work & Studying at Home, navigating the BrightSpace software, PASS Parents Handbook, how to use Moodle (MSVU).
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Helping Kids with Autism Cope
This article describes how parents can help their child with ASD understand COVID-19 and adjust to changes.
A social-story on how to talk to Indigenous children about COVID-19
A social story directed towards Indigenous families called “My COVID-19 Story: A social-story on how to talk to children about COVID-19” by the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay.
5 Coronavirus Coping Tips for Parents of Children on the Autism Spectrum
This article provides parents with 5 ways to support their child with autism.
COVID-19 Hospital Transfer Form
Information and copies of the COVID-19 Hospital Transfer form for family members and/or caregivers of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This form would help communicate important information to hospital staff and what the individual needs during the hospital visit.
List of Resources to Help Us Through COVID19
A resource webpage exploring activities, caregiver tips, financial aid, mental health, First Nations & Inuit resources, and adult resources.
List of Resources to Help Us Through COVID-19
This page aggregates links towards health resources, COVID-19 funding, mental health, caregiver tips, First Nation, Metis and Inuit resources, learning at home, activities, and tips for adults.
Emergency Preparedness Guide for People with Disabilities / Special Needs
Government of Ontario provides an emergency preparedness guide for people with disabilities
Teaching handwashing to Children with a Developmental Disability
This webpage provides a comprehensive step-by-step guide on how to prompt/establish proper hand hygiene practices.
Autism Yukon Interactive Discussion
Starting on May 19th, Autism Yukon, in partnership with the Sinneave Family Foundation, is launching an online interactive discussion for parents, youth, and young adults exploring the unique challenges of the transition to adulthood. Spots are limited.
COVID-19 Outbreak and Autism Related Resources
COVID-10 Outbreak Resource : Employment and funding, family support & respite, student resources, tech resources, housing resources, adult resources.
A list of disability considerations during COVID-19 by the World Health Organization
A list of disability considerations during COVID-19 by the World Health Organization.
About the COVID Vaccine
Easy read information about the COVID vaccine provided by health Care Access Research and Developmental Disabilities
Monthly Blog Post About COVID-19 by Dr. Yona Lunksy
A monthly blog post about COVID-19 by Dr. Yona Lunksy from Health Care Access Research and Developmental Disabilities (HCARDD).
An accessible list of COVID-19 resources for students with intellectual/developmental disabilities and/or autism spectrum disorder
How COVID-19 May Impact Your Mental Health and How To Cope
Helpful info and tips about mental heath and coping with uncertainty during a crisis. The page also provides links towards testimonies and external resources.
COVID-19: Useful Resources for Persons with Disabilities
A list of accessible COVID-19 resources for individuals with disabilities provided by the Rick Hansen Foundation
My Son Has Autism. Here’s The Routine We Have To Adjust To The New Normal
This HuffingtonPost article shares the personal story of one parent and provies 6 pieces of advice for others in similar situations.
An app to support individuals with autism to understand and self-manage anxiety
An app to support individuals with autism to understand and self-manage anxiety.
Household Checklist by Ohio’s Department of Health
Household checklist to prepare for an outbreak of infectious disease by Ohio’s Department of Health.
COVID-19 Information and Resources
Info and links to self-care kits, health info, financial help, caregiver tips, learning at home, staying active ideas, mental health resources, safety at home, community supports.
CID: Videos: Look After your Mental Health
Videos about staying well and safe during COVID-19.
Toronto program for youth with developmental disabilities tries to make connections virtually during COVID-19 outbreak
A news article about a Toronto program that aims to connect virtually with youth with developmental disabilities during COVID-19
COVID-19 Information and Mental Health Resources
Links towards COVID-19 related information and mental health support services in Alberta.
Art Activities & Games
A resource page with links to other pages/videos of art activities & games.
Stay at Home Guide: 100s of Activities & Resource for Families on Pause
A webpage with activities ranging from physically active games to e-learning websites for children at home.
How Nature Therapy can Benefit Children with Disabilities
The article explores how nature therapy can reduce stress levels, increase self-awareness, & help develop sensory skills for children with disabilities.
A COVID-19 guide written in plain language about staying home
A COVID-19 guide written in plain language about staying home, and staying connected.
Health care of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a time of COVID-19
How to Talk to your Kids About the COVID-19 Outbreak
This article explores when to broach the subject, how to facilitate the initial conversation, and what key topics to bring up.
A YouTube video by Dr. Peter Vermuelen offering tips about how to deal with some of the uncertainties related to the COVID-19 pandemic
A YouTube video by Dr. Peter Vermuelen offering tips about how to deal with some of the uncertainties related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
How To Talk About COVID-19 With People Who Have Autism
School of Strength
Workout made accessible: clear instructions, warm ups, flexibility exercises, fitness videos, nutritional advice and more.
Activities & Online Resource for Homebound Kids: A Coronavirus Guide
A webpage providing links to live streams, education videos, virtual museums, and other activities for children.
A blog post from a self-advocate on their thoughts during quarantine
A blog post from a self-advocate on their thoughts during quarantine.
An emergency preparedness guide for people with disabilities and special needs by the Government of Ontario
An emergency preparedness guide for people with disabilities and special needs by the Government of Ontario.
A YouTube video by Oregon Department of Human Services on COVID-19
A YouTube video by Oregon Department of Human Services on COVID-19 and how to protect yourself.
When someone dies from coronavirus: a guide for families and carers
A guide for things to do during the pandemic for individuals with autism, written by a self-advocate
A guide for things to do during the pandemic for individuals with autism, written by a self-advocate.
Autism Yukon Facebook
The Facebook post is presenting Autism Yukon crisis support via phone or email. Their coordinates are visible on the short video also reminding that they are still providing services.
A list of resources for COVID-19, developed by Autistics United Canada
A list of resources for COVID-19, developed by Autistics United Canada.
Provides resources and ideas for families and educators of children with autism
Provides resources and ideas for families and educators of children with autism. This site contains many illustrated stories for children on topics related to COVID-19.
Reach the furthest behind first: Persons with disabilities must be prioritized in accessing COVID-19 vaccinations
Inclusion Canada provides information on why persons with disabilities must be prioritized in accessing COVID-19 vaccinations
Activities for Adults with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities
Accessible ideas for adults with disabilities, including nature walks, art and crafts, music with an emphasis on their specific benefits.
‘What does this mean for us?’ People with developmental disabilities left out of vaccination planning
Yona Lunksy and Muhammad Irfan Jiwa discuss how individuals with developmental disabilities are left out of the vaccine plan in this article
Supporting Children With Autism During the Coronavirus Outbreak
This article from the Child Mind Institute discusses emergency planning, routines/schedules, environmental arranging, & maintaining progress.
The World Federation of the Deaf has information about COVID-19
The World Federation of the Deaf has information about COVID-19 in International Sign Language.
Advice for Caregivers of Children with Disabilities in the Era of COVID-19
This is an article by the American Psychological Association for parents, which provides readers with strategies to minimize stress, communicate effectively, and reassure one’s child.
COVID-19 Germs Experiment for Kids
This youtube video uses items found in a kitchen to demonstrate the importance of hand-washing. Steps are provided for parents & children to carry out this experiment together.
Employment Infographic Resource: Are you being laid off from work?
Employment infographic about what happens when one is laid off work: what it means right now, what to expect and where to look for help.
Watching a Pandemic on Television
COVID-19 Response: Considerations for Chidlren & Adults with Disabilities
This article discusses how adults & children with disabilities may be disproportionately at risk. Suggestions for how to minimize risk at a person, organizational, and societal level are provided.
Coronavirus vaccine: easy read
How to Stay Socially Connected During the COVID-19 Pandemic
How to stay socially connected during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Financial Aid Support for Students During COVID-19
Legal information about financial help available for students by university.