We are updating this list of resources daily, so be sure to bookmark this page and check back as the situation evolves and more information becomes available.
Current News and Updates
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Department of Health (DOH)
- Current Updates and Resources
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for In-Home Care Providers
- Parent and Caretaker Resources and Recommendations
- Vaccine Information
- Vaccine Phases (Infographic)
- Find Your Phase
- Vaccine Information for Families of Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
Office of the Governor
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Washington State Coronovirus Response
Washington State Vaccine Resources
- Informing Families Vaccine Resource Page (with Spanish, Somali and Vietnamese translations)
- Washington State Vaccine Information
- Vaccine Phases (Infographic)
- Find Your Phase
For Families and Care Providers of Youth and Children
For individuals with IDD:
- COVID-19 Communication Card
- COVID-19 Vaccine Communication Card
- COVID-19 Testing Communication Card
- Let’s Talk COVID Vaccine (Plain Language)
- Vaccine Social Story
News & Information for People with IDD, Caregivers and Providers
Center for Dignity in Health Care for People with Disabilities
Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA)
- Coronavirus Information and Resources
- Guidance for Individual Providers
- GovDelivery Sign Up for Current News and Updates from DDA
- Residential Provider FAQs
Green Mountain Self Advocates
- Plain Language Guide on COVID-19 | Spanish
Written by and for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
- Tips For Working With Support Staff During COVID-19
Written by and for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
- DDA Q&A on Services During COVID
- Making the Most of a Remote Assessment
- Are Remote Services Right for You?
- COVID Scams
COVID-19: What in the World is Going On? (English | Español | Vietnamese| Somali)
A plain talk guide to help make sense of these confusing times. Includes the link to an audio version on YouTube.
- My COVID-19 Plan English | Somali | Spanish | Vietnamese
- CARES Act: What’s in it for You? English | Somali | Vietnamese
- DDA Waiver Emergency Rules Related to COVID
- Economic Impact Payments (Plain Language) English | Somali | Vietnamese
- Face Coverings and Disability Q&A
- Let’s Talk COVID-19 (English | Español | Vietnamese| Somali)
For families, friends and care providers of individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
- Tax Advocate Services for Problems with Stimulus Payments
Special Olympics International
Coronavirus Outbreak: What You Need to Know
What is the coronavirus, what are the symptoms, how does it spread, and how you can protect yourself?
Videos by California Self-Advocates
- Episode 1: How to Stay Healthy
- Episode 2: What Should I Do If I Think I’m Sick?
- Episode 3: What I Should Do If I Get Sick
- Episode 4: What To Do If a Caregiver or a Family Member Gets Sick
- Episodio 1 – Cómo mantenerse saludable
- Episodio 2 – Lo que debo hacer si creo que estoy enfermo:
- Episodio 3 – Lo que debo hacer si estoy enfermo
- Episodio 4 – Lo que debo hacer si mi familiar o persona que me cuida se enferma
For Specific Populations:
Autism Focused Intervention, Resources & Modules
- New York Deaf-Blind Collaborative Tip Sheet: Providing Access through Sign Language & Text for Low Vision & Tactile Communicators During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Dementia Action Collaborative
Down Syndrome Resources
Communication and Technology
Internet and Phone Service Resources
- Lifeline Phone and Internet Assistance
Lowering the monthly cost of phone or internet service. The Lifeline program also provides support to lower the service costs for qualified households.
- Lifeline Support
A Federal Communication Commission (FCC) program designed to provide individuals with low-income access to free cell phones and inexpensive cell phone plans. The program provides those eligible to wireless or internet service for up to $9.25/month. To participate in the Lifeline program, consumers must either have an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelinesor participate in certain federal assistance programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or Medicaid. Individuals with coverage by an MCO for Medicaid can contact their MCO directly about Lifeline. Click here for more information.
- Everyone On
Visit EveryoneOn to search low-cost internet service offers from providers responding to the COVID-19 crisis. EveryoneOn is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating social and economic opportunity by connecting low-income families to affordable internet service and computers, and providing digital skills training.
- Telecommunication Equipment Distribution (TED)
TED helps people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or who have a speech impairment, to get the assistance they need to communicate. Visit the TED website to learn more and download an application.
Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)
- Northwest Justice Special Education Clinic
- OSPI Coronavirus Guidance and Resources
- Resources for Continuous Learning During School Closures
In response to school closures due to COVID-19, OSPI content experts have curated a selection of links to external organizations providing high-quality online educational materials – courses, lessons, videos, physical and outdoor activity suggestions, etc.
- School Closure FAQ
News and information about the impact of school closures on learning and testing, school meals, daycare, students who are homeless, and more.
- Summary of Reopening Washington Schools 2020: Special Education Guidance (August 2020)
- IEP on Pause? How to Support Continuous Learning with School Buildings Closed
- Links for Learning at Home During COVID19
- Department of Education Guidance for Children and Youth with Disabilities
Learn what to expect from schools and early intervention services during closures.
- Education During COVID19
Tips and resources for making the most of education during school closures and beyond.
(Out of State Resources)
California State Council on Developmental Disabilities
- COVID-19 and IDEA Part B Special Education (Spanish)
- COVID-19 and IDEA PART C EARLY INTERVENTION (Spanish)
[Note: Scroll below to INFORMAL RESOURCES to find a listing of Activities for School Age Children.]
Washington Initiative for Supported Employment (WISE)
- COVID 19 Resources
CARES Act FAQ, Apple Health Eligibility and COVID 19, and more.
Employment Security Department (ESD)
- Resources for workers and businesses affected by COVID-19
If you are affected by COVID-19, Employment Security has programs that may be able to help.
Internal Revenue Service Newsroom
- Economic Impact Payments
New: People on SSI do not need to do anything to receive payments; however, those who have qualifying dependents (under age 17) will need to complete a Non-Filers form via an IRS portal created for this purpose.
- Economic Impact Payments for Social Security and SSI Recipients
Steps to Take and Schedule of Payments
Washington State Department of Commerce
- Rent & Energy Assistance
Washington state residents currently participating in the federal Low-Income Heating and Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) may apply for special crisis benefits
Washington State Department of Financial Institutions
- Financial Resources for Washington Residents Impacted by COVID-19
The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions has developed a list of financial resources for Washington consumers impacted by the Coronavirus.
Economic Services Administration
- Basic Food Benefits
- Pandemic EBT (Food Benefits) for K-12 Students who receive free or reduced-price lunches.
Did you know? Amazon is accepting EBT cards in select states, including Washington.
Office of the Insurance Commissioner
- Help and Answers to Insurance Questions
- Health Insurance and Prescription Waivers
Insurers have been directed to waive co-pays and co-insurance related to COVID-19, and allow a one-time early refill for prescription drugs.
Washington State Healthcare Authority
- Information on Health Coverage, Apple Health, and FAQs
- Apple Health Pharmacy Email Support
Do you have questions or concerns about your pharmacy coverage during COVID-19 outbreak? Send an email to Apple Health Pharmacy Support for assistance.
- Health Insurance Premium Payment Program
Did you know that there’s a way to have the flexibility of private health insurance and get reimbursed for premiums from Apple Health? (Published by Informing Families)
Washington Health Benefit Exchange
- Extended Enrollment
In response to the potential growth of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, the Washington Health Benefit Exchange (Exchange) today announced a limited-time special enrollment period for qualified individuals who are currently without insurance. This special enrollment period (SEP), that runs through April 8, 2020, will allow uninsured individuals 30 days to enroll in health insurance coverage through Washington Healthplanfinder.
Resources for Individuals Who Test Positive for COVID-19:
- COVID-19 Disability Form(to be completed by or for an individual with intellectual disabilities or communication difficulties)
Covid-19 Help for Washington
- OneAmerica Resources for Immigrants/Recursos para Immigrantes
OneAmerica is the largest immigrant and refugee advocacy organization in Washington State, organizing with and advocating for diverse communities including Latinx, African, and Asian. One America has an incredible super-list of COVID-19 resources including bilingual and multilingual resources.
Personal Care Resources for Individuals (and Providers Looking for Work)
Carina Care Provider Registry
- Carina Care
Free, online service connecting Home Care Consumers and Providers.
- How to Become a DDA Contracted Individual Provider (IP)
For eligible clients of DDA who have identified a potential caregiver, or for individuals who have been asked to provide personal care or respite services by a client of DDA.
Activities for School Age Children
[Note: This is a sample list and does not constitute endorsement of businesses offering free resources. There are many more activities and resources available online. Explore on your own and connect with parent and educator groups online for recommendations.]
Daily Schedule and Activity Ideas
Many families are just starting to find out that their children will be out of school for the next 4-6 weeks, and are coming to the realization that in order to maintain continuity they will need to implement a structured schedule. This sample schedule has been made free for download to help you create a schedule and activities tailored to your child’s interests and needs.
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems
You might be isolated, but you’re not alone. You are an art maker. Let’s make some together. I’ll see you at 1pm ET weekdays for LUNCH DOODLES and I hope you’ll keep making art even after my visit!
Get daily activities and tips to help kids play and learn at home.
Scholastic Learn at Home: Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing
Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin!
School Closure Toolkit
This toolkit includes visual supports for children with autism to use during the COVID-19 school closures. Created by Easterseals Illinois Autism Partnership.
The Sped Guru: Special Education Websites for Students and Parents
Top websites for children with learning disabilities that can be utilized at home and school.
Resources and Support for Individuals with IDD and Families
Find support, connection and resources in your community as parent and self-advocacy organizations make the move to create more online support opportunities during the COVID-19 outbreak.
For Adults with IDD
- Best Buddies Washington Virtual “Hang In”
Connect with the Best Buddies community in Washington through stories, conversations, videos, art, trivia, games, and more!
- People First of Washington
Connect with peers on Facebook and Zoom with daily online video chats.
- Link20 Zoom-Fest 2020
Over the next weeks we are going to be holding webinars and digital gatherings twice a week! Stay glued to your email on Fridays to learn more! Email email@example.com if you are interested in joining! Link20 is a global social movement led by a network of young activists, with and without disabilities. Our goal is to raise awareness on the right of people with disabilities to be fully included in our society and strengthen young activist’s leadership skills and influence in promoting inclusion and social justice.
Social/Emotional Support and Connection
Stuck at home? Don’t isolate. Keep that date! Connect virtually with friends and family without the travel or traffic. [Note: This is a sample list and does not constitute endorsement of businesses offering free resources.]
Many disability organizations have formed private and public groups where you chat and connect with others who share similar interests and needs. Some, like People First of Washington, hold watch parties for shared online social time.
This is a great way to visit family members who live in facilities and settings with visitor restrictions. If your family member does not have a cell phone to receive calls, ask their care provider if they can provide a (wiped down/clean) phone for your family member to use.
Make voice calls, send text messages, and even have group video chats from your mobile device or computer without paying a dime.
This video conferencing platform has lifted its paid subscription during the COVID-19 outbreak. Have virtual coffee or lunch with a friend, or a get together with several. It’s easy to set up for anyone with a device that has a camera and internet connection.