In times of crisis and stress, when our routines have changed and we’re not sure what to expect anymore, being informed and feeling like we know the “why” behind what we’re doing is all the more important.
People with intellectual and developmental disabilities have long had freedoms restricted and have experienced isolation – generally not of their own choosing. “Can we go out today” is an excellent reflection by a Direct Support Professional in Dufferin on the expertise and experience of people with disabilities and the importance of respecting personal choices. Now, more than ever, it is important to value people by providing education and raising awareness about COVID-19 and its impact on our society in a way that people can understand. There are many well-crafted social stories, infographics, and videos that can help with this. Below we have arranged some of these social stories and information sheets for your use. If you are looking to create your own visual schedules, you can learn more from the Centre for Behaviour Health Sciences.
- A COVID-19 Introduction Video
- “My Coronavirus Story” from EasterSeals (interactive)
- “What you need to know” (Special Olympics)
- What you need to know about COVID-19 (Autistic Self Advocacy Network)
- “Beating the Virus” (Beyond Words Picture Book)
- “How to stay safe- Handwashing” (HCARDD and Opening Doors)
- “Jack Plans Ahead for Coronavirus” (Beyond Words Picture Book)
- People First of Canada Resource