Disability Sector Resources
We are pulling together information and resources from around the world, to help support people with developmental disabilities and their families.
What is COVID-19?
- Know the Difference: Self-monitoring, self-isolation and Isolation for COVID 19
- How to stay safe, well and connected Health Care Access Research and Developmental Disabilities.
- Trusted COVID 19 Information – The Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL)
- Autism Speaks: COVID-19 Information and Resources
- DSO Toronto Region COVID-19 update
- NEW COVID – Rules for when you are shopping for groceries and health products.
- CODIV-19: Getting Tested, a social story
- Plain-language guide for getting government aid.
- Coronavirus; sick at home social story
- Dealing with Covid-19: Resources for Special Educators, Therapists, & Families
- My Coronovirus Story A social story explaining COVID19.
- COVID-19 Information By and For People With Disabilities – The Green Mountain Self-Advocate’s
- NEW Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre Weekly Update
- NEW LEARNING TOGETHER: Specialized Services at your fingertips A weekly newsletter providing helpful guides, tools and videos you can use right now to support individuals during this exceptional time. Created by the Specialized Services team at Community Living Toronto
Resources from the Government
Access the most up-to-date COVID-19 resources from the Canadian and Ontario governments here.
- Think you have COVID-19 symptoms? Click here to take the self-assessment. You will also find information on how to stop the spread and the current status of cases in Ontario.
- For more resources and information at the Federal level, including financial and economic support, click here.
- NEW Ontario Ministry of Education: Support for Parents – The Ministry of Education is providing financial support to parents to assist with the costs of educational resources during school and child care closures as a result of Ontario’s declared emergency to stop the spread of COVID-19. Click here
Online resources to help with physical distancing
- The world-renowned adventurer and chief Scout has teamed up with the Scouts UK to launch ‘The Great Indoors’ initiative, a collection of more than 100 activities that children (and adults) can do to tackle boredom and stave off cabin fever. Click here
- Chatterpack provides free online resources for schools, parents and young people with special needs and disabilities. These boredom-busting resources will provide viewers with an opportunity to go on virtual tours of museums and zoos, try out different online courses and listen to live music performances from around the world. Click here
- NOFAS-UK provides resources that help support those with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FASD) at home and in school. The stay-at-home guide helps young people with FASD create visual schedules and plan how they will spend their time at home. Click here
- Scholastic Learn at Home provides children, parents and teachers with online learning tools such as electronic books, lessons, quizzes and videos across a variety of different subjects. Click here
Audio Books and Activities
- Indoor Games & Activities to get your children moving
- “I’m Bored” list of indoor activities for children (both alone and with their siblings)
- “Things I Can Do” for teens and older children
- Stay-at-home resources including growth mindset movie, TV shows, and book lists
- My Daily Learning Projects template for kids (shared previously)” Click here
- Videos featuring celebrated actors including Viola Davis, Allison Janney, Chris Pine, Wanda Sykes, Justin Theroux, and Betty White reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations, helping to inspire a love of reading in children. Click here
- With kids at home and parents looking for educational activities, many of our favorite authors are offering online read-alouds and activities on social media. We’ve rounded up over 50 of the best virtual author activities: Read-Alouds for Elementary School Kids, Virtual Author Activities for Middle School, Virtual Author Activities for High School & Young Adults. Click here
- During this activity, you will be watching clips from Harry Potter movies, answering questions from the clips, heading into Gringotts where you’ll have to figure out the exchange rate between sickles and galleons, figure out how to do different spells and much, much more! Click here
- Dinosaurs Alive!, Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs and Wild Ocean—courtesy of our friends at Giant Screen Films and D3D Cinema. The best part? Each film comes with a downloadable education guide that includes easy, try-it-at-home activities. Click here
- Canada’s Wonderland is now letting thrill-seekers experience virtual rides from the comfort of their own homes. Check out 16 roller- coasters, 11 thrill rides and seven family rides on the park’s YouTube channel from a first-person ‘point-of-view’ (POV) perspective. Click here
- The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) has over 4,000 films available for free online, offering a vast selection of short and feature-length films, whether you’re looking for animation, documentary or fiction. Click here
- Explore free films and interactive documentaries that have been shown at International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam over the years. Use the drop down under subject to choose. Click here
- Variety Village has complied some pretty great exercise videos that can be done from a chair or for people with limited mobility. Click here
- You can take group exercise classes for all ages right in your own home at no charge for a limited time! There are also sports classes and more for our young people. Click here
- Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed specially for kids aged 3+, used in schools and homes all over the world. click here
Virtual Tours & Live Cams
- Google Arts & Culture teamed up with over 500 museums and galleries around the world to create free virtual tours and online exhibits of some of the most famous museums around the world. Click here
- Nature webcams from around the world: Tembe Elephant Park – Mozambique ; Decorah Eagles -Iowa; Gorilla Forest Corridor – Democratic Republic of Congo; Coral City -Miami; Panama Fruit Feeder – Panama; Big Sur Condors – California; Otters and more – Monterey Bay; Bison Watering Hole – Saskatchewan; New York University’s Hawk Cam; Jellyfish at Monterey Bay Click here
- The Cornell Lab Bird Cams connects viewers worldwide to the diverse and intimate world of birds. We work to make watching an active experience, sparking awareness and inspiration that can lead to conservation, education, and engagement with birds. Click here
- Including Southern Sea otter, Indo-pacific Barrier Reef, Ocean Voyager, African Penguin and California Sea Lion webcams. Click here
- 24-hour live cam view of the shark tank at Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto. Click here
A few resources from ConnectABILITY that might help
- While you are stuck at home, why not use your time and this guidebook to determine how prepared you are for semi-independent living. Click here
- A meeting place for you to connect with others. It is a private area of the site where you can share your story or ideas with the community. Click here
- Register to become a member. All we ask for is your name and email address and we’ll email you a password. For more information on how to sign up and use Connected Families.
- Tips and strategies to keep you safe online click here
- Create your own story books with the Visuals Engine. Use the picture library or upload your own pictures. click here
- How good are your money handling and counting skills? How fast can you give change? 3 online games to challenge yourself with – Money Magic, Money Master and Peter Pig’s Money Counter click here
- Create an activity calendar to help your child to see what will happen during the week and plan activities while you’re at home. Click Here.
- Create your own circle time at home using these songs, lyrics, props and tip sheets. Click here.
- Work with your child to co-develop rules around physical distancing and social isolation. Discuss the importance of following the rules to stop the spread of germs and staying healthy. Click here.
- Why not use this time at home to help your child develop and establish self-care skills? This section will provide you with the tools you need to build these skills during daily routines, such as mealtime, dressing, washroom and sleep. Click here. Don’t forget the importance of washing your hands too!
Stories from the frontline
- Webinar: Understanding and Navigating COVID-19 with front-line hospital physicians. Listen to the recording
- Webinar: Staying Connected While Social Distancing, listen to the recording (Partners for Planning, March 24)
- Ontario care homes find creative way to connect amid COVID-19 lockdown (Global News March 20, 2020)