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IHDA Covid 19 Housing Resources

New from CDC – COVID-19 Vaccination Materials for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities – Help spread the word!
Stay safe from COVID-19

Emergency Broadband Benefit – The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
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Vaccination Appointments: Residents who don’t have access to or need assistance navigating online services can call the toll-free IDPH hotline at 833-621-1284 to book an appointment. The hotline is open 7 days a week from 6am to midnight with agents available in English and Spanish.

WBEZ Chicago – NPR News – COVID-19 Resources Page

Illinois Department of Human Services Memo – Caregiver Letter from Rahnee Patrick,Director, DRS and Alison Stark, Director, DDD

Illinois Department of Public Health – This is the IL organization charged with leading the COVID-19 response and reporting of information. 

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

The Arc of the US COVID-19 Resources –
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.

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.

Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19 – from Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

COVID-19 Resources from Centers for Disease Control (CDC) – The CDC is charged with protecting national health in the United States.

CDC – What To Do If You Are Sick

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.

COVID-19 Resources for Individuals and Families from Shriver Center for Poverty Law

Illinois DHS Division of Mental Health – COVID-19 Resources

Illinois DHS – Talk to Someone Options

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. 

Resources from the Center for Disease Control (CDC)
COVID-19 Materials for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Their Care Providers

COVID-19 Materials for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Care Providers | CDC

Resources from Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities (ICDD)
Vaccination Tips for Medical Staff:
Vaccination Tips for Family Advocates:

IRS Issuing Third Economic Impact Payments to non-filers and most federal beneficiaries – April 5, 2021

April, 2021 – NACDD Get Out the Vaccine Website
Get the Vaccine

January 14, 2021 – Second Round of Coronavirus Economic Impact Payments Information – The Arc

January 11, 2021 – Social Story – Getting the COVID 19 Vaccine – from University of Kentucky, Center for Dignity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities

December 17, 2020 – COVID-19 Vaccine Information In Plain Language from SARTAC
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November 23, 2020 – Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) – Frequently Asked Questions: COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Considerations for the Disability Community
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September 28, 2020 – US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, Q & A Document

September 28, 2020 – US Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Questions and Answers for K-12 Public Schools In the Current COVID-19 Environment

The Arc – COVID-19 Resources for Disability Advocates

Information for Families of School Age Children During COVID-19

Resources for Education and Parenting During COVID-19 from Family Matters Parent Training & Information Center

US Department of Education – Q & A Document on IDEA Part C Evaluation and Assessment Timelines in the COVID-19 Environment July 6, 2020

US Department of Education – Q & A Document on IDEA Part B Procedural Safeguards During COVID-19

US Department of Education – Q & A Document on IDEA Part C Procedural Safeguards During COVID-19

Social Security Administration Update on Economic Impact Payments for SSI Recipients – Social Security Administration

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

Healthcare Advocacy: Inpatient Care and Family/Support Professional Participation During COVID-19 – The Arc of Illinois

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.

SSA Press Release: Supplemental Security Income Recipients Will Receive Automatic COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments
In Spanish:

Information from the IRS – Coronavirus Tax Relief and Economic Impact Payments

COVID-19 and Unemployment – Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES)

Illinois Department of Labor – FAQs Regarding COVID-19

US Department of Labor – Employee Rights – Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act – Information Poster

UIC Division of Specialized Care for Children – COVID-19 Resources and Supports for Families of Children with Special Needs

Illinois DHS Division of Rehabilitation Services – Home Services Program Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Illinois DHS Division of Rehabilitation Services – COVID-19 Toll-Free Number

Illinois State Board of Education COVID-19 Resources – The ISBE is Illinois’ lead education agency.

Coronavirus Information and Resources from Family Voices – Family Voices is a national organization for families of children with special health care needs.

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 Or go to Dr. Ballan’s Faculty Profile

National Down Syndrome Congress: People with Disabilities Have the Right to Bring a Support Person with Them to the Hospital or Doctor’s Office
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My Health Passport: Perkins, E.A. (2011). My Health Passport for Hospital/Clinic Visits. Florida Center for Inclusive Communities, 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.

National Down Syndrome Society Fact Sheet on Down Syndrome and COVID-19 – Information specific to individuals with Down syndrome. 

Autism Society of America and COVID-19 – Information specific to Autism. 

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.

Resilience Materials for COVID-19 – from the Ohio Division of Developmental Disabilities

Managing Stress and Coping – COVID 19, from CDC

Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse Family Resources 

National Association of School Psychologists – “Talking to Children About COVID-19: A Parent Resource”