New resources added during the week of May 18-22, 2020. Note: A date in parentheses means the publication date of that resource, not the date we posted it here. This is to let you see at a glance how current the information is.
Updated as of May 21, 2020
Coronavirus. COVID-19! What to do, where to turn? CPIR started this resource page on coronavirus in mid-March 2020. We had hoped to keep it short, but so much information has since emerged that we’ve now split the page into a suite of stand-alone pages that are organized by topic. The separate topic-specific pages are listed and linked below, so you can more easily find resources relevant to your question or concern of the moment. We’ll be continually updating what’s here, and posting selective new info via our Facebook and Twitter feeds.
May these resources inform you without overwhelming and may you find them useful and timely to share with the families and the professionals you serve.
Guidance from the Federal Government (and Others)
Come here if you’re looking for basic health-related, scientific information about the virus. Here is also where you’ll find many products from the U.S. Department of Education, including its Q&A on providing services to children with disabilities during COVID-19 school and other closures. Looking to connect with the recently passed Coronavirus Relief Package? This page also connects you with state-by-state coronavirus news and a constantly updated map on school closures.
COVID-19 Info in Other Languages or Formats
Many families and community members need basic scientific facts about the coronavirus–in their own native languages. We’ve identified as many resources in other languages as we could find from such reputable organizations as the CDC, Parent Centers themselves, the National Association of School Nurses, and the National Association of School Psychologists. The various languages include English and Spanish, of course, and happily these others: Amharic, Arabic, Bangla, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Filipino, French, Haitian-Creole, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Laotian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Shona, Sindhi, Somali, Swahili, Tagalog, Telugu, Thai, Urdu, and Vietnamese. Wow, huh?!
Telecommuting Technology and Tips
Need to hold or attend meetings virtually? How about working remotely? We all know that technology can be both a bear and a blessing. So this part of the suite lists no-cost or low-cost tech platforms and communication tools, as well as guidance on setting up a remote work station and beginning to work remotely.
Schooling at Home
Now, here’s a big topic! With school closures most everywhere, parents and family members have taken on the mega-task of teaching their children at home. This may involve coordinating with the school for students to access classes being taught remotely, supervising their child’s attendance and school work, or designing their own educational activities for the child or children. Home schooling is especially challenging when disabilities are affect learning. This section of our COVID-19 suite is directed primarily at parents and families, and emphasizes readily available tools, materials, and curricula that parents can access in providing home schooling.
Coping with COVID-19 for Adults and for Children
These are stressful times, for sure. This section of the suite brings you guidance for supporting young children during COVID-19, tips for social distancing and isolation, ways to promote resilience, daily video tips for families, and suggestions for coping with anxiety, loneliness, and frustration, whether it be yours or others in your house.
Information for Non-Profits
All agencies and businesses are affected by the changes that the coronavirus has brought. Non-profits can be especially hard-hit. In late March, Congress passed the CARES Act, which includes providing monetary assistance to non-profit organizations and small businesses. Want to know if your non-profit is eligible, and how to apply? Come to this page for the basics.
Planning for When Workplaces and Schools Reopen
No one knows when workplaces will reopen, let alone schools. It’s already clear that some communities and even states are eager to return to normal operations. Some already have. So how do we get ready for this part of what’s ahead? Having a plan is a start. Right now, this section of the suite is small, but it will be growing as time goes by.