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COVID-19 Resources for People with Disabilities

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The North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities (NCCDD) wants to be a resource to share valuable information about the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, to help people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families stay safe and healthy.

For the latest news, information, webinars and resources from North Carolina, check the sidebar on the right

Below are COVID-19 resources for for self-advocates, direct support professionals and the general public. Click each link for more

Section 1) Coronavirus Information for Self-Advocates
(Click here to go to a page ONLY for Self-Advocates)

Section 2) Coronavirus Information for Direct Support Professionals

Section 3) Coronavirus Information for General Public

1) Coronavirus Information for Self-Advocates

Statewide Stay at Home order in effect as of Monday, 3/30 at 5pm

FAQs for Stay at Home Order

If you think you might have COVID-19 and have mild symptoms, the best thing you can do is stay home and recover.

When you leave your home to get tested, you could expose yourself to COVID-19 if you do not already have it. If you do have COVID-19, you can give it to others like critical health care workers and people at high risk for severe illness. Staying home really can help save lives.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) has developed a new fact sheet to help you know what to do if you are sick.


Following is news from the State Council on Developmental Disabilities

During difficult times, we rely on our community. The State Council on Developmental Disabilities has been making resources related to COVID-19 so that you can more easily stay close to your community while staying safe and healthy. We have listed some of those resources here, and remember to visit the SCDD website for the additional resources.

1) 10 Tips to Support Someone During Times of Change / 10 Consejos para Apoyar a Alguien en Tiempos de CambioOne of the tips and ideas to support someone during times of frequent change is creating a picture album. We created one for you to check out. Click the photo below to see the bigger version.

SCDD's picture album with eight photos. 1. puppy. 2. woman speaking with a mic. 3. Man putting a sticker on a poster board. 4. people raising hands. 5. man speaking in a group setting. 6. woman writing on a poster board. 7. man and woman at a meeting table

2) SCDD Phone Tree Tips / Consejos de SCDD para una red de teléfonos: Not everyone has the internet or uses computers. Use these handy tips to call a friend and see if they are ok or need help. 

3) Ideas for Activities While Sheltering in Place / Ideas para Actividades Mientras Se Refugia en el LugarWe have some creative ideas for activities to try while you are staying inside. When you do any of these activities, we would love to hear about them. Feel free to share your stories or photos with us by emailing us or tagging us on social media.


Plain Language Tips for Working with Support Staff during COVID-19

SARTAC (Self Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center) released a new plain language booklet written by and for self-advocates. The Coronavirus or COVID-19 is changing our lives in many ways for a while. Self-advocates wrote these tips to help people with developmental disabilities deal with changes in how they are getting services. The suggestions are about working with support staff during COVID-19.


New Patient Fact Sheet Available – What to do if you feel sick

For people who think they might have COVID-19 and have mild symptoms, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends they stay home and call their doctor if you need medical advice. Most people who get COVID-19 will have mild illness and recover at home. NCDHHS has developed a fact sheet to help North Carolinians know what to do if they are sick: Fact Sheet


Social Security & Coronavirus

Helpful information for anyone receiving SSA benefits. Be aware of scams during the pandemic.The SSA will not suspend any payments due to COVID-19. Any call or email stating otherwise is untrustworthy. Stay updated with information directly from the US Social Security Administration.

 

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Opportunities for Self-Advocates to Participate in COVID 19 Response Efforts
Check HERE often for updates: Self-Advocates Resource and Technical Assistance Center website
• IMMEDIATE ATTENTION! Meetings for Self-Advocates

Meetings Every Monday and Thursday 1:00 pm east coast time. The meeting is for one hour. The focus is peer to peer connections. Self-advocates sharing information and supporting each other while staying home during the Coronavirus.

            Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/324815633

            Dial 1 929 436 2866 Meeting ID: 324 815 633

2) Coronavirus Information for Direct Support Professionals

Plain Language Tips for Working with Support Staff during COVID-19

SARTAC (Self Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center) released a new plain language booklet written by and for self-advocates. The Coronavirus or COVID-19 is changing our lives in many ways for a while. Self-advocates wrote these tips to help people with developmental disabilities deal with changes in how they are getting services. The suggestions are about working with support staff during COVID-19.

COVID-19 Toolkit For DSPs: Resources to help DSPs take care of themselves during the crisis.
The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals website

Video DSPCoronavirusThe Role of the DSP and the Coronavirus (video): The current worldwide news about the emergence of the Coronavirus is on everyone’s list of concerns, questions and insecurities. The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals created this webinar specifically for Direct Support Professionals to provide them with guidelines for understanding the virus, protecting the individuals they support in the community and offering reliable resources for ongoing news and practices.

 

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Coronavirus 101 sheet for Direct Support Professionals by the State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) in California (pdf)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

3) Coronavirus Information for General Public

NC DHHS COVID-19 Website

Administration For Community Living COVID-19 Website

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