Added January 5th/21 – A self advocates guide to COVID-19 – https://gmsavt.org/3665-2/
Added December 11th – Plain language explanation of the vaccine – https://www.mencap.org.uk/sites/default/files/2020-12/Vaccines%20ER%20Final%20Version%208-12-20%20%282%29.pdf
Added September 18th – Plain language resources on COVID-19: https://thearc.org/coviddocuments/
Added July 16th – The Centre for Addictions and Mental Health has created a series of Self Help Booklets to assist people with intellectual disabilities to understand and cope with COVID-19. You can browse the full series here: https://www.camh.ca/covid19booklets?mc_cid=73b0d7cb19&mc_eid=d801601db9
Added May 14th – Videos for people served:
Added May 1 – Excellect video on virtual doctor appointments during COVID-19: https://youtu.be/AOKJKBSAFWA
Easy Read Mental Health Tips during COVID-19: https://www.camh.ca/-/media/files/covid19-infosheet-help-when-feeling-worried-pdf.pdf?la=en&hash=9599BDB0FC3DFDCF4AF57A4555E11D9461D8A83C
Added April 30:
Good plain language video describing COVID-19 and how to protect yourself: https://youtu.be/TrSd9OvmoNU
People First Canada has developed some specific to Manitoba resources to help explain to people supported why staff are wearing increased PPE now.
St.Amant has posted a couple of Social Stories that may be helpful in explaining what is happening right now:
Beyond Words has put together some excellent Easy Read resources for people with intellectual disabilities to understand how to stay safe during the COVID-19 outbreak:
New Directions has put together some guidelines on what to do when people they support are unable or unwilling to follow public health recommendations. ND COVID 19- Guidelines for home if someone does not follow precautions- INCREASED PRECAUTIONS
Check out this powerpoint created to help someone supported walk through what it will be like to be tested. Getting Tested
There are some really excellent information packages, visual tools and videos designed for people with autism at VSU Autism Center for Excellence website http://vcuautismcenter.org/te/covid19.cfm
ASERT developed videos and social stories for individuals:
University of North Carolina has also developed a wonderful toolkit providing multiple resources for supporting individuals on the spectrum.
Elsivier provided a helpful “Infection Prevention in the Home” guide to reference for general prevention of spread in the home ideas; available here.
The Council for Intellectual Disability also has a simple language guide available here.
HCQU Milestone has updated its Pocket HCQU app (available on the Google App Store and the Apple Store) with a nice collection of resources and quick info at your fingertips (like cleaning and disinfecting guidelines).
Plain Language Video on what is COVID-19 and how to stay safe – https://paautism.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/1584048103.mp4?_=1
Q&A on COVID-19 & Down Syndrome – 2020 COVID19-DS QA – Expanded 03 27 FINAL (1)
Looking after your Mental Health during Coronavirus – Can be accessed here
My Plan for Being Safe and Staying In – Resource for explaining the current circumstances to people we support – Can be accessed here
Video from David Hingsburger on Social Distancing: https://youtu.be/0D7c435yibk
Plain language for caregivers and families on COVID-19 from the Canadian Association of Community Living: https://cacl.ca/coviddisability/?fbclid=IwAR3_fhuJzQia3EtS-6QZUd8Y_wEab-SyqSPueeG8QjMuQ_b76Al5tyyNNVw
Join Inspire Community Outreach for a special training, created for increasing our understanding and capacity to support complex children. This includes children with neurological, cognitive and mental heal differences and those who are sometimes called sensitive. Children with multiple disabilities or differences will be discussed, as well as connecting to children who are hard to connect to. https://inspirecommunityoutreach.ca/event/supporting-complex-children-during-social-isolation/
New Directions developed this one page resource to help people they support understand how to stay healthy: https://abilitiesmanitoba.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/COVID-19-Handout-for-individuals-New-Directions.pdf
Simple explanations of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and related topics:
(Note: These CBC Kids videos aren’t just for kids, they provide good explanations of the topics.)
People First of Canada have developed some plain language information to assist self advocates to learn about the outbreak:
EPIC shared this PowerPoint that they use for people they support:
A social story that might help alleviate some of the fears and anxiety and help in explaining what is happening:
Plain language explanation of COVID19:
Plain language poster of precautions:
Handwashing video: https://youtu.be/3PmVJQUCm4E
Easy Read version of how to explain COVID-19 to people you serve (from the UK but still helpful https://www.mencap.org.uk/file/24640/download?token=-hA6Zw_m