Adequate quantities of home medical supplies are essential to safely care for technology-dependent children at home during the COVID-19 crisis. Families should consider cleaning and re-using supplies when safely possible in case there’s a future shortage of critical items.
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A guide to prepare for hospital visits from the National Association of the Deaf.
A visual guide for individuals with disabilities.
The Arc has compiled resources to help people with intellectual and /or developmental disabilities (I/DD), their families, and service providers to understand this global pandemic.
A toolkit for patients with the coronavirus who need communication tools and supports due to speech-related disabilities It (1) explains your communication rights, (2) provides tips on advocating for them, and (3) has an accommodation request form you can bring to the hospital.
All children have unique needs in emergencies, but care for children with special healthcare needs is often more complex because of their various health conditions and extra care requirements. They may have a hard time moving from one place to another, urgent or constant medical needs, difficulty communicating or have trouble with transitioning to different situations. A disaster can present all these difficulties at once.
The CDC provides information on how to prepare and respond so you can help maintain calm and keep your family safe.
How to protect yourself, symptoms, resources for the community and the latest information about the outbreak.
The Illinois Department of Human Services’ Mental Health Division has launched a free-of-charge emotional support text line, Call4Calm, for Illinois residents experiencing stress and mental health issues related to COVID-19.
Individuals who would like to speak with a mental health professional can text “TALK” to 552020, or for Spanish, “HABLAR” to the same number: 552020. Call4Calm is free to use, and individuals will remain anonymous.
Once a resident sends a text to the hotline, within 24 hours they will receive a call from a counselor employed by a local community mental health center to provide support.
Individuals can also text 552020, with keywords such as “unemployment” or “food” or “shelter” and will receive information on how to navigate and access supports and services.
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