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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: 

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

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.

PPE – Plain Language – Updated

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: 

Beating the Virus

Good days & Bad under Lockdown

When Someone Dies from CoronaVirus

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

Let’s Talk About the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Video (3.5 min)
The video uses a drawn Whiteboard technique to tell a social narrative. It was developed by the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UM-NSU CARD).

ASERT developed videos and social stories for individuals:

What is COVID-19 Video

Hand Washing Social Story

Social Distancing Social Story 

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

Here are some useful visual resources on COVID-19 (coronavirus) and proper hand washing technique from Special Olympics.
Visual guide Stay Safe during the Coronavirus Outbreak: Coronavirus (COVID-19) What you need to know – Infographic

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.)

Explanation of why people are alarmed about the coronavirus

Explanation of social distancing

Explanation of flattening the curve

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: 

EPIC – COVID-19 – What you need to know – people we serve

EPIC COVID-19 – What You Need to Know – EO


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

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