COVID-19 resources for special needs families & people with disabilities

==> National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) has a 25 minute standing workout video that guides you through several strength and cardio activities to increase your heart rate and help you meet your physical activity goals. NCHPAD’s YouTube channel also includes videos on meditation, home workouts, telehealth, inclusive yoga, and more (see picture above).

==> POAC Autism Services is offering daily and weekly Live Events such as: Story time, Yoga, Zumba, Music, Parent Support Groups, Webinars and much more.

==> Autism NJ offers resources for family support, education rights, legal & financial issues, safety & crisis issues, and more.

==> Autism Society has a COIVD-19 Toolkit that covers Modifying Routines, Mental Health & Respite, Education, and more, plus a weekly video broadcast on Facebook with COVID-19 information for the autism community, featuring an expert discussing specific topics like mental health, federal emergency funding, and financial planning.

==>‘s extensive collection of COVID-19 resources cover School Closings & Distance Learning, At-Home Activities & Schedules, Coping Tips for Families, Disability Issues at Work, and more.

==>’s COVID-19 page, though mainly aimed at Minnesota families, includes a few resources that may be helpful for all special needs families, including COVID-19 Distance Learning and Challenging Behaviors and Supporting Your Child’s Mental Health and Emotional Wellness During the COVID-19 Outbreak.

==> SPAN Advocacy’s COVID-19 Information Page includes links to fact sheets and YouTube videos, and information about how to contact their Family Resource Specialists, Parent Group Specialists, Community Health Workers, and others by phone and email.

==> Center for Parent Information and Resources has advice on Coping with COVID-19 for Adults and for Children, as well as additional helpful resources on homeschooling, telecommuting, and more.

==> Disability Rights New Jersey covers critical issues facing New Jersey Residents with Disabilities during the pandemic.

==> Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund COVID-19 page is dedicated to their own COVID-19 materials and communications on healthcare rights & non-discrimination, opportunities for advocacy, government information, and helpful resources, and will be updated as the situation changes. (Some information is specific to California.)

Webfinder: People with Disabilities

Information icon is no longer available. Many of these resources, covering benefits, civil rights, community life, education, and employment, are now linked at the U.S. Department of Labor. See also Federal ADA and Disability Resources, and Disability Assistance (select ‘Disability Assistance’ from the ‘Filter by Subcategory’ menu). The ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Home Page includes an introduction to the ADA, plus design standards, business requirements, links to other Federal Agencies with ADA responsibilities, and more (U.S. Department of Justice). The N.J. Division of Disability Services primarily serves people who have become disabled as adults, whether through illness or injury, but also has a toll free hotline (1-888-285-3036) providing information and referral assistance for people with any type of disability.

Call 2-1-1 when you need to find state or local resources to address urgent needs or everyday concerns, including health & mental health services, food banks, shelter, rental or utility assistance, adult day care, Meals on Wheels, transportation, childcare, crisis intervention services, job training, education, and more. 2-1-1 is free, confidential, multi-lingual, confidential, TTY accessible, and available 24/7. Specialists will guide callers to the most helpful available resources. Visit the website for more information. NOTE : 2-1-1 calls are generally toll-free; however, if you are calling 2-1-1 from your cell phone, please check with your cell phone service provider first to find out whether you will be charged for the call. You can also reach 2-1-1 by dialing 877-652-1148 (United Way, in partnership with the State of New Jersey). See also Community & Social Services page.

AbleData – A comprehensive database for information on “products, solutions and resources to improve productivity and ease life’s tasks.” Includes New Jersey Resources & Organizations (Maintained for the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research of the U.S. Dept. of Education by New Editions Consulting).

Webfinder : Learning Disabilities

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Accessible Educational Materials – Do you have someone in your family who needs extra help using textbooks, online learning programs, or other educational materials or technologies? The National Center on Accessible Educational Materials can help answer your questions and find resources so that your family member gets what they need to do their best learning.

Additude Magazine – Information and support for families and adults living with ADHD and learning disabilities. Includes practical advice about raising children, expert Q&A, and resources to help students with attentional or learning differences succeed at school. (New Hope Media LLC; site includes advertisements)

Books for Special Needs Readers – Links to information & resources on books and reading for adults and children with special needs.

Disability Discrimination: Frequently Asked Questions – Explains federal laws Section 504 and Title II, and laws relating to accessibility & services and disability harassment in public schools, public colleges & …CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REST OF THIS WEBFINDER!