The coronavirus impacts everyone. But it creates added challenges for some people. That includes kids and adults with learning differences or disabilities.
We’ve created this resource to make the health crisis easier to manage. There are tools and information to help at home, at school, and at work. We’ll be providing updates on issues that impact learning, special education, talking with kids, and the workplace.
See our weekly roundups of coronavirus news and free resources for people who learn and think differently:
We’ll be updating and adding to our information. So keep checking back.
How to Talk About Coronavirus With Kids
It’s natural for kids to have questions and concerns about coronavirus. But kids who learn and think differently may have challenges that make it harder for them to understand or cope with this health crisis. Get tips for talking about coronavirus with kids.
Here’s how to handle some of the specific issues that may come up:
What We’re Talking About
Hear about coronavirus anxiety from Amanda Morin, and what she does to avoid passing it along to her kids.
Then, see how she’s letting go and getting through this crisis. (NEW)
Find out how a high school senior who just ended his IEP is learning to cope when school is canceled.
Read one mom’s diary as she navigates these uncharted waters with two cooped-up teenagers.
And hear from community manager (and mom) Vanessa Bertone, on how connecting online can help reduce coronavirus stress.
School Closings and Learning at Home
With many schools already closing, you may wonder what it will mean if kids have to learn at home for a while. And what happens to kids’ instruction and supports if they get special education services? Get answers to legal FAQs on school closings and special education. (Updated April 3)
Families: Use these learning contracts to manage distance learning. (NEW)
Families: Find out how to prepare your child for distance learning.
Educators: Take care of yourself with these five tips for self-care. (NEW)
Educators: Read these notes from a first-time distance learning teacher. (NEW)
Educators: See how a speech-language therapist is getting ready to provide teletherapy. (NEW)
Educators: Learn how to support students emotionally and socially during distance learning.
Educators: Teachers share strategies for connecting with students when school is closed.
Educators: Check out these tips on best practices when creating online assignments.
Educators: Hear from a teacher with anxiety on how she’s navigating the situation.
Educators: Explore UDL best practices for distance learning.
At-Home Activities, Schedules, and More
If kids have to stay home or activities are canceled because of the virus, it can be hard to find ways to keep them busy.
Try these picture schedules to help your child get used to new daily routines. (NEW)
Disability Issues at Work
This health crisis can raise workplace questions when it comes to employees with disabilities.
Find out five important ways to support employees during this stressful time. (NEW)
Learn about the ways workplace inclusion has changed since the start of the pandemic.
See what people with disabilities are saying about working from home.
Share these tools and tips for managing coronavirus anxiety at work.
Get answers to coronavirus FAQs around disabilities at work.
Get accessibility tips for transcribing video calls when working at home.
Learn about accessible work-from-home tools for remote work.