Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Resources

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Below are resources, both regional and national, that could be beneficial for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities during the COVID-19 crisis. For more resources, visit our Community Resources & Information page. For resources by county, visit our COVID-19 Resources & Information by County page.


Regional Resources

AutismUp – Offices closed; presenting remote and virtual opportunities.

COVID-19 Disability Form – Fillable PDF to help those visiting medical offices.

David’s Refuge – Weekend respite care in Monroe, Ontario, and Seneca counties.

New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities – Important updates for individuals, families, and caregivers.

Online Zumba Classes for People with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities – Chair Zumba classes appropriate for all levels. Each class is free. Classes are available Mondays and Wednesdays between 10am – 3pm. Participants can choose when to log in and pay during that 5 hour window and start the class when they are ready. Classes are about 35 minutes. Because repetition is how everyone learns regardless of ability, most of the songs remain the same. The instructor may change the order of songs or add just one new dance at a time. Learn more.

Parent to Parent of NYS – Includes Text4Caregivers, a free to end-user text messaging program which provides stress management and well-being prompts for caregivers.

Parent Network of Western New York – Links to COVID-19 resources for families, including families of children with developmental disabilities.

Regional Center for Independent Living – Special link to resources for Allegany, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Yates, Wayne, and Wyoming counties:

Self-Advocate Care Planning Made Easy – Plain language document from SANYS.

Self-Directed Services – Upcoming info sessions. Includes WebEx Meeting options.

Unstuck and on the Target – Online program to improve the cognitive flexibility, planning, and organizing of children with autism spectrum disorders.

Virtual Dance Party with DJ Jammin Joe– From the Self-Advocacy Association of NYS, Inc. (SANYS).

WNY Self-Directed Services Info Sessions –

Zoom Opportunities For Self-Advocates with I/DD to Stay Connected


National Resources

The ABCs of Autism – COVID-19 Social Story.

Autism Resources – Social stories related to COVID-19.

Autism Self-Advocacy Network“What You Need to Know About COVID-19” Video

Autism Speaks COVID-19 Information & Resources

Building Resilience in the Era of COVID-19 – For families with children.

CDC American Sign Language – COVID-19 Informational Videos featuring a certified interpreter.

Coronavirus Social StoryExpectations at Home

COVID-19 Information By and For People with Disabilities

COVID-19 Resource Guide

Green Mountain Self-Advocates

Let’s Talk About the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Video – A social narrative developed by the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UM-NSU CARD).

Little Puddins: The Autism Educator – Coronavirus Social Story.

Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatments (MOLST) – COVID-19 Guidance.

National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals – COVID-19 tools.

National Down Syndrome Society – Fact sheet.

National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices – COVID-19 & Down Syndrome Q&A.

Safety Planning with Survivors During COVID-19

Sample Advocacy Letter

Self-Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center

Self-Advocacy Plain Language Info:

Supporting Individuals with Autism Through Uncertain Times

The Arc – COVID-19 Resource Page.

TIES Center – Technical assistance for inclusive policies and practices.

UNC Online Toolkit For Supporting Individuals with Autism

We Need to Stay Healthy – COVID-19 Social Story by by Benjamin Donson MSED BCBA.