Information for People and Families



DDA LETTERS

DDA wants to help keep families and those receiving services informed through this evolving COVID-19 emergency.  All DDA letters will be posted here to make sure they are easy to find and access as the situation continues to unfold.​ 


DDA has also gathered resources that we think may be helpful to you and your family during this time. 

STAY ACTIVE DURING SOCIAL DISTANCING

Staying home and practicing social distancing can leave you feeling antsy.  To ensure you are able to stay active, while gyms, playgrounds and other activities are closed, we have compiled a list of activities you can do at home to keep you up and moving.

  • Special Olympics School of Strength offers 5 days of exercise from the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) to keep you active without hitting the gym! Check it out here!
  • The YMCA has released 60 Free Online Classes (No Membership Required) to stay active while at home.  Check it out here!
  • Join in on Adaptive Yoga Sessions with Ms. Chitra! Check it out here!
  • Planet Fitness is offering free workout sessions through their Facebook page.  New workouts are added daily.  Check it out here!

 
COVID-19 RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES

Staying up-to-date on the latest information about COVID-19 can be challenging.  We’re keeping our eyes out for information specifically related to COVID-19 for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • ​COVID-19 Information By and For People with Disabilities.  Check it out here!  to access in Spanish, click here!
  • Understanding the concept of social distancing can be challenging for all of us but is critical at this time.  Resources for helping individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are available to assist in this.  Check out a video here! or Check out a PowerPoint on Social Distancing here!
  • Hearing tips from peers is always easier than feeling like you are being told what to do.  The Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities has created a great video about tips for staying healthy during the COVID-19 emergency. Check it out here!

 

EDUCATIONAL TOOLS FOR PARENTS DURING SCHOOL CLOSURES

School closures are challenging for parents and students alike.  To make sure students are able to keep their minds focused and continue to learn, we’ve found some great resources to keep your student stimulated until schools re-open.

  • ​Operation ASL Storytime offers children’s stories read in ASL over YouTube!  This is a great way to help children stay engaged in learning or mental activities while stuck at home.  Check it out here!
  • The Khan Academy offers a range of FREE learning materials for students of all ages.  Check it out here!
  • Scholastic Learn at Home offers students K – 9 Grade free access to age appropriate books that they can read online.  Check it out here!
  • DC, MD and VA Schools are offering learning plans and free meals to students during school closures.  To learn more about what’s available in your area, check it out here!
  • Audible is offering free titles for listeners 0-18 in multiple languages English, Spanish, German, French, Japanese and Italian.  Check it out here!

FOOD DELIVERY AND MEAL OPTIONS

Meal planning, preparation and grocery shopping are challenging during normal times.  Social distancing makes these routine activities even more challenging.  To help, we have compiled a list of resources from meal and grocery delivery to free meal services.
  • ​This comprehensive list developed by Montgomery County provides information on food assistance resources, and opportunities for individuals and organizations to support community needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Check it out here!
  • This list shows which grocery stores in DC, MD and VA have changed hours due to COVID-19.  Also listed are stores with special hours of operations for seniors or other vulnerable populations. Check it out here!
  • This comprehensive list shows where children (under the age of 18) can receive free meals during the COVID-19 outbreak in DC, MD, and VA.  Check it out here!
  • Occasionally cooking a meal just isn’t going to happen.  Check out this list of Best DC Area Restaurants for Takeout and Delivery may be the answer.  Check it out here!

 

ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT

Being stuck inside with little to nothing to do can cause anxiety, depression or feeling isolated.  We’ve compiled a list of activities and other entertainment to keep everyone feeling engaged in their local (or sometimes not local) communities. 
  • ​Use this time to hone in on your advocacy skills by learning more about self-advocacy through the Self Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center.  Check it out here!
  • After you have brushed up on your advocacy skills, check out Self-Advocacy Online which provides opportunities to stay engaged in local and federal policy and activities impacting individuals with disabilities while staying home.  Check it out here!
  • Operation ASL Storytime offers children’s stories read in ASL over YouTube!  This is a great way to help children stay engaged in learning or mental activities while stuck at home.  Check it out here!
  • Staying connected over the internet is becoming the new normal right now.  For those without access to the internet, Internet Essentials is providing two months of free service during the COVID-19 emergency.  For those already using Internet Essentials, internet speeds will be increased at no additional charge.  Check it out here!
  • Just because you can’t leave the house right now doesn’t mean you can’t leave the state or even the country.  Twelve of the world’s most famous museums are offering free virtual tours so you can travel the world without ever stepping outside your front door.  Check it out here!
  • ​Needing a break from the news and other normal shows on tv?  Check out the Met’s nightly free opera streaming n- you can see a new show each night!  Check it out here!
  • There’s no better time to learn something new or hear about another’s experience then when you are stuck home with some free time.  TED Talks: Educational discussions are organized by topic of interest and always free!  Check it out here!
  • There’s nothing like going to a concert and seeing your favorite band, but NPR has compiled a great list of free live virtual concerts you can enjoy from home during the COVID-19 emergency.  Check it out here!

MORE RESOURCES AVAILABLE HERE 


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