News / Announcements 

Illinois Department of Public Health – This is the IL organization charged with leading the COVID-19 response and reporting of information.
http://www.dph.illinois.gov/ 

Information from Governor Pritzker’s Office – Official news/information from State of Illinois.

https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/coronavirus/Pages/default.aspx

Illinois Housing Developmental Authority
Rental and Mortgage Assistance Programs

The Arc of the US COVID-19 Resources –
https://thearc.org/covid/
Scroll down to “Advocate to Congress” to find updates including:
Recovery Rebates Fact Sheet (April 16, 2020)
Estímulo por el Coronavirus: Reembolso de Rescate y Ayuda (16 de abril del 2020)
COVID-19, Unemployment Insurance, and People with Disabilities (April 16, 2020)

Illinois Developmental Disabilities Services and Supports Information

Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) COVID-19 Information – This is the page on which DHS is posting official memos and information for services/providers.
http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=123118

Illinois DHS Division of Developmental Disabilities COVID-19 Information – The page on which DDD is posting official information.
http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=123451

General Information on COVID-19 

Illinois Department of Public Health Information on COVID-19 – The Illinois agency charged with protecting public health and sharing information on health-related concerns.
http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/diseases-a-z-list/coronavirus

Illinois Department of Public Health Information – About COVID-19

http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/diseases-a-z-list/coronavirus/symptoms-treatment

COVID-19 Resources from Centers for Disease Control (CDC) – The CDC is charged with protecting national health in the United States.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

CDC – What To Do If You Are Sick
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html

COVID-19 Advice for the Public from the World Health Organization (WHO) – WHO’s primary role is to direct international health within the United Nations’ system and to lead partners in global health responses.
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

COVID-19 Resources for Individuals and Families from Shriver Center for Poverty Law
https://www.povertylaw.org/article/covid-19-resources-for-individuals-and-families-in-illinois/

Illinois DHS Division of Mental Health – COVID-19 Resources
http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=123603

Illinois DHS – Talk to Someone Options
http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=123539

Information for People with Disabilities and Families

These resources cover a variety of meaningful resources for assistance for an individual/family during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

The Arc – COVID-19 Resources for Disability Advocates
https://thearc.org/coviddocuments/?utm_source=cc&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=covid

Information for Families of School Age Children During COVID-19
https://www.illinoislifespan.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Information-for-Families-of-School-Aged-Children-During-COVID-Final-081320.pdf

Center for Disease Control – Back to School Planning: Checklists to Guide Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/parent-checklist.html

Resources for Education and Parenting During COVID-19 from Family Matters Parent Training & Information Center
https://www.fmptic.org/node/4453

Family Resource Center on Disabilities COVID-19 Resource Page
https://frcd.org/covid-19-resource-page/

US Department of Education – Q & A Document on IDEA Part C Evaluation and Assessment Timelines in the COVID-19 Environment July 6, 2020
https://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/memosdcltrs/qa-evaluation-timeline-idea-part-c-07-06-2020.pdf

US Department of Education – Q & A Document on IDEA Part B Procedural Safeguards During COVID-19
https://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/memosdcltrs/qa-procedural-safeguards-idea-part-b-06-30-2020.pdf

US Department of Education – Q & A Document on IDEA Part C Procedural Safeguards During COVID-19
https://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/memosdcltrs/qa-procedural-safeguards-idea-part-c-06-30-2020.pdf

Social Security Administration Update on Economic Impact Payments for SSI Recipients – Social Security Administration
https://www.ssa.gov/coronavirus/#anchor6

Guidance Relating to Non-Discrimination in Medical Treatment for Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) – Illinois Office of the Governor, IDPH, IDHS, IL Department of Human Rights, IDOA
https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/sfc/servlet.shepherd/document/download/069t000000AiOFZAA3?operationContext=S1

Healthcare Advocacy: Inpatient Care and Family/Support Professional Participation During COVID-19 – The Arc of Illinois
https://www.thearcofil.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Healthcare-Family-Support-and-Participation-During-Covid-004-002.pdf

Frequently Asked Questions by Guardians about the COVID-19 Pandemic – The National Guardianship Association, American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging and the National Center for State Courts.
https://www.guardianship.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/FAQ_FINAL_04162020.pdf?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=a02bc363-b4fb-4b48-8151-0196e5fad0cd

SSA Press Release: Supplemental Security Income Recipients Will Receive Automatic COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments
https://www.ssa.gov/news/press/releases/2020/#4-2020-3
In Spanish: https://www.ssa.gov/espanol/noticias/prensa/comunicados/2020/#4-2020-3

Equip for Equality – COVID-19 in the Workplace
https://www.equipforequality.org/covid-work/

Information from the IRS – Coronavirus Tax Relief and Economic Impact Payments
https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus-tax-relief-and-economic-impact-payments

COVID-19 and Unemployment – Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES)
https://www2.illinois.gov/ides/Documents/Learn-about-PUA.pdf#search=covid%2019%20and%20unemployment%20benefits

Illinois Department of Labor – FAQs Regarding COVID-19
https://www2.illinois.gov/idol/Pages/default.aspx

US Department of Labor – Employee Rights – Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act – Information Poster
https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/WHD/posters/FFCRA_Poster_WH1422_Non-Federal.pdf

UIC Division of Specialized Care for Children – COVID-19 Resources and Supports for Families of Children with Special Needs
https://dscc.uic.edu/browse-resources/covid-19-resources-and-supports-for-families/

Illinois DHS Division of Rehabilitation Services – Home Services Program Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=123225&fbclid=IwAR02AX7diAfDvz83i16dVKWvCtPDIIH1E78MehgWb3KrU7UWXGnSga9h-7c

Illinois DHS Division of Rehabilitation Services – COVID-19 Toll-Free Number
https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=123671

Illinois State Board of Education COVID-19 Resources – The ISBE is Illinois’ lead education agency.
https://www.isbe.net/covid19

Coronavirus Information and Resources from Family Voices – Family Voices is a national organization for families of children with special health care needs.
https://familyvoices.org/coronavirus/

Preparing Individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities for Medical Treatment at Hospitals – from Ballan, M. & Perri, C. (2020). COVID-19 Disability Form. Stony Brook, NY: NY.  If you have questions, please contact Michelle Ballan, PhD at michelle.ballan@stonybrook.edu. Or go to Dr. Ballan’s Faculty Profile
https://cpb-us-e1.wpmucdn.com/you.stonybrook.edu/dist/a/4436/files/2020/04/COVID-19-Form_IL_Fill.pdf

My Health Passport: Perkins, E.A. (2011). My Health Passport for Hospital/Clinic Visits. Florida Center for Inclusive Communities, http://flfcic.fmhi.usf.edu/docs/FCIC_Health_Passport_ Form_Typeable_English.pdf.

Access Living COVID-19 Resources for the Disability Community – Chicago’s Center for Independent Living has gathered a lengthy list of resources for assistance for people with disabilities.
https://www.accessliving.org/our-services/covid-19-resources-for-the-disability-community/

National Down Syndrome Society Fact Sheet on Down Syndrome and COVID-19 – Information specific to individuals with Down syndrome.
https://www.ndss.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Coronavirus_Fact_Sheet_-1.pdf 

Autism Society of America and COVID-19 – Information specific to Autism.
https://www.autism-society.org/covid-19/ 

Information on COVID-19 designed for individuals with i/dd from Green Mountain Self-Advocacy Group – A visual guide designed for, and by, people with i/dd.
https://selfadvocacyinfo.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Plain-Language-Information-on-Coronavirus.pdf

Resilience Materials for COVID-19 – from the Ohio Division of Developmental Disabilities
https://dodd.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/dodd/about-us/resources/resource-resilience-for-covid-19?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=b1c754e3-6f83-4b6e-9cfe-f5073739f71e

Managing Stress and Coping – COVID 19, from CDC
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html

Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse Family Resourceshttps://eiclearinghouse.org/ 

National Association of School Psychologists – “Talking to Children About COVID-19: A Parent Resource” https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-resource

Weekly Webinars from The Arc of IL on COVID-19 Issues/Services

Webinar in Spanish – La Srta Susie Ortega, LCSW (trabajadora social) de Nurture Therapy LLC hablará sobre el impacto de la fatiga moral en las familias, consejos de revisión para el autocuidado y las formas de controlar el estrés en estos tiempos difíciles – June 29, 2020
Webinar Recording Link

Webinar on Maintaining Mental Health in the Time of COVID with Susan Kahan, UIC Developmental Disabilities Family Clinic – June 24, 2020
Webinar Recording Link

Webinar – Jointly Offered with IL ABLE and ICDD – Economic Impact Payments & IL ABLE Accounts – June 10, 2020
Webinar Recording Link

Webinar in Spanish on Family First Coronavirus Act with Fidel Arroyo, US Department of Labor -La Ley de Familias Primera Respuesta al Coronavirus del Depto de Trabajo Federal – US Department of Labor – June 11, 2020
Webinar Recording Link

Webinar Update on State and Federal Legislation with Phil Milsk, The Arc of IL – June 3, 2020
Webinar Recording Link

Webinar on Family First Coronavirus Act with Fidel Arroyo from US Department of Labor – May 27, 2020
Webinar Recording Link

Webinar in Spanish on Behavior Management Strategies – Estrategias para El Comportamiento, The Place for Children with Autism – May 26, 2020
Webinar Recording Link – AM
Webinar Recording Link – PM

Webinar on Self-Advocacy at Home with Leanne Mull, Becca Burrow and Richard Hollenbeck – May 20, 2020
Webinar Recording Link

La Administración de Seguro Social, La Srta Mueller explicará los programas ofrecidos por la Administracion del Seguro Social (SSA) – May 19, 2020 (AM & PM)
Webinar Recording Link – AM
Webinar Recording Link – PM

Webinar with Director Rahnee Patrick, IL DHS Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) – May 13, 2020
Webinar Recording Link

Webinar on Discussion on the Economic Impact Payment and Other Recent Tax Relief Provisions for Individuals (IRS) – May 6, 2020
Webinar Recording Link

Webinar on Advocating for Your Children in Uncertain Times  Lynn Betts and Zoubida Pasha from Family Resource Center on Disabilities (FRCD) – April 29, 2020
Webinar Recording Link

Webinar on Keeping in Touch with Family and Friends Using Audio and Visual Technology – William Richard, IATP – April 22, 2020
Webinar Recording Link

Webinar on Resources for Working on Transition During the Time of Covid-19 – Laura Fine, NSSEO – April 15, 2020
Webinar Recording Link

Webinar on Stimulus Payments and Unemployment for People with Disabilities – Bethany Lily, The Arc of the United States – April 8, 2020
Webinar Recording Link

Webinar on Health Care Access and Federal Policy – Molly Burgdorf, The Arc of the United States – April 1, 2020
Webinar Recording Link