COVID-19 Resources


COVID and Downs Syndrome

A three page handout for managing social distancing resources for young people to make COVID-19 restrictions do-able.

The Department of Health's (FDOH) dedicated COVID-19 webpage remains the best and most up-to-date resource for information and guidance regarding COVID-19 in Florida.

Move Your Way provides tools and tips on ways to increase activity.

Workout from Home: Options for People with Disability and Chronic Health Conditions. (YouTube Playlist)

  • Exercise and Fitness Fact Sheets describes various exercise and fitness techniques, modes, methods, adaptations, programming and related exercise equipment.
  • Disability/Conditions Fact Sheets describes various disabilities and health conditions as well as considerations for each related to exercise and physical activity.
  • NCHPAD 14 Weeks to Healthier You is a National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability based program. Those who register can access physical activity options and nutrition advice for people with disabilities – at no cost.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists many fitness resources for many disabilities.

The Center for Disease and Control and Prevention provides up-to-date information on health safety tips: Daily Life and Coping. The CDC offers free communication resources including video, fact sheets and posters. Many are provided in multiple languages: Communication Resources.

Dr. Jerome Adams, US Surgeon General, has a video on how to make a simple face mask using materials found around the home. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) YouTube channel.

Green Mountain Self-Advocates created COVID-19 Information By and For People with Disabilities, a plain language information sheet for anyone to use, available in English and 11 other languages. Self Advocacy and Beyond and Glossary.

Careers and Employment

Return to employment assessment tool from Vermont

ThinkWork is the hub for an array of programs related to employment for people with IDD at the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Browse the different programs below.

A reminder of important job training techniques.

New resources for employment during the pandemic.

Supported Employment During COVID-19: Resources for Virtual Employment Supports: The Arc has compiled a list of resources to assist job-seekers during the pandemic in transition supports, job readiness training, career exploration, on-the-job virtual supports and Promising Practices provided by their employment specialists across the country.

Think College Supporting Online Academics.

Think College Employment Supports in a Virtual/Online Environment.

Additional resources, specifically for Community Rehabilitation Providers:

CARES Act and Non-Profits

How to Job Search during the COVID-19 Pandemic – UCF Today article provides tips to help navigate the process during the pandemic and the associated economic slowdown.

Roadtrip Nation is an interactive and multimedia blended program to connect students’ interests to real career stories.

Shmoop gives the real scoop on tons of careers.

The Bridge Pathways to Employment offers flexible modules to assist individuals with intellectual disabilities, low literacy to apply person-centered planning toward employment attainment.

Youthhood The Job Center is a student-centered online career exploration and planning tool.

For Deaf and Hearing Impaired

The National Deaf Center provides accessible online education resources to support students who are hearing impaired.

The CDC in collaboration with parents have developed a series of videos in American Sign Language to provide a reliable source of information for those with hearing impairments. COVID-19 ASL.

Preparing for Postsecondary Education

The Florida Department of Education provides aaditional resources about their response to the COVID-19 crisis.

This portion of the FLDOE website provides a link to the COVID-19 update for each University and State College.

FPCTP Project STAGE Newsletter - Indian River State College.

How to COVID and College: ThinkCollege.

The Think College resource library provides a wide range of topics related to postsecondary education for people with intellectual disabilities.

Tips for IEP Teams to Help Students and Families Prepare for Inclusive Postsecondary Education. A checklist and related resources to guide the selection of transition goals and activities that will likely be key factors in making the possibility of college a reality for students with disabilities.

Alternative Campus “Visits” Tips for campus visits both face to face and virtual

Social Skills and Activities

In this series of videos, National Disability Rights Network explains a persons rights and what to do if you believe your rights have been violated. Topics include: education rights as a college student, transportation rights, housing rights, healthcare rights: the effects of COVID-19 in the African American Community, Domestic Violence, and caregiver abuse.

Emergency preparedness from DisabilityReady YouTube channel.

From Research and Training Center on Community Living at the University of Minnesota: Self-Advocacy Online: Learn About Self-Advocacy.

National Gateway to Self-Determination a clearinghouse for resources, training, and information on promoting self-determination. This site provides a single access for self-advocates, professionals, policy-makers, families, and the general public.

Special Olympics School of Strength offers three levels of fitness training videos.

Nike Training Club app provides free workouts for everything from bodyweight-only exercises, invigorating yoga and targeted training to full equipment home workouts for ALL fitness levels.

Through July 1 the Down Dog app yoga and Barre workout routines are free to all students and teachers.

Virtual Learning and Teaching

Free resources for families and teachers.

The Lead Center’s Guided Group Discovery Workbook and Facilitator Guide.

This article provides resources for virtual learning in a variety of community activities, financial education, employability skills, social skills, and transportation.

Zoom Considerations for Teaching Students with Disabilities

10 Tips for remembering accessibility in online instruction

Establishing a Remote Learning Enviroment and Routine is a list of simple, yet critical, things to consider when setting up a home learning (and working) environment. Excellent advice for educators, students, families… anyone!

Zoom Directions for Students is a list of simple, yet critical, things to consider when setting up a home learning (and working) environment. Excellent advice for educators, students, families… anyone!

Best Practices and Tips for Virtual Learning shared by educators

Arizona Department of Education has provided “view only” access to their “Virtual Resource Hub” categorized by grade level and academic subject for general and special education.

TedEd provides video lessons organized by age and subject and a place to create your own video lessons.

Many educational companies are offering free subscriptions due to schools switching to virtual learning. This site provides a listing of these “amazing educational resources."

The National Endowment for Financial Education’s HS Financial planning program is a turnkey financial literacy program that is relevant to the lives of teens, free account available and lessons have already been adapted for online/distance learning.

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) has collected resources which can be used to provide the best means of services to your students and families. Through May 31 CEC is giving a temporary free membership. CEC Resources for Teaching Remotely. The Higher Education webpage lists resources to help faculty to transition their coursework online.

CEC’s partners at CEEDAR Center developed a free virtual toolkit to help faculty transition their coursework online

US Dept. of Education provides specific information and resources for all levels of schools and school personnel, Vocational Rehabilitation, Adult Education and WIOA. Supplemental Fact Sheet (Español) addresses serving children with disabilities during COVID-19 national emergency (March 21, 2020). They also have listed other Federal agency websites and a description as a resource for at-home activities.

N2Y (the creator of Unique Learning System) has gathered many of their remote teaching and learning resources and currently giving free access to educators and parents.

Mental Health Strategies

FCSUA Monthly Informational Webinar: Mental Health and Wellness - Meeting the Needs of Students in Florida Postsecondary Comprehensive Transition Programs. Dr. Deborah Reed, Associate Instructor, University of North Florida was our guest presenter. Her research interests include improving post-secondary outcomes for students with disabilities.

National Alliance on Mental Illness recognizes that people affected by mental illness face additional challenges dealing with COVID-19. NAMI provides a guide featuring FAQs on a variety of topics from managing anxiety and social isolation to accessing health care and medications. NAMI Information and Resources. Local NAMI organizations provide support groups for people with mental health conditions. Find the NAMI Connection support group nearest you

Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks. This fact sheet provides tips for coping with stress during an infectious outbreak. It describes common signs of stress and how to recognize when to get help.