Experts at the UC Davis MIND Institute have put together a Q&A document and participated in two Facebook Lives to help reduce stress in families with kids with autism and to provide strategies to cope  during COVID-19 shelter-in-place times.

Sally Rogers and Aubyn Stahmer from the MIND have developed a great resource for families with young kids with symptoms of or diagnosed on the autism spectrum, as well as for early-intervention providers. The "Help is in Your Hands" is a free website with 16 web-based video modules to help parents add simple intervention practices to their everyday routines at home. It also offers several webinars for providers on coaching parents to support their young children with autism or with social communication problems.

The UC Davis Campus Recreation has put together a list of links that cover topics like how to work from home, at-home workouts, managing your free time and more. The list also includes important resources for kids and families to stay active and healthy.

UC Davis Health also provides a comprehensive COVID-19 information and resources page.

The Autism Focused Intervention and Resource Modules (AFIRM) have developed an online curriculum and set of resources for caregivers called Supporting Individuals with Autism through Uncertain Times.

Disability Rights of California provides comprehensive information on disability related services during the coronavirus. This includes information regarding regional centers, special educations, Medi-Cal, and IHSS right for families and self-advocates.

The Self Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center has a plain language guide to COVID-19 in English and Spanish.

Social stories or social narratives are a useful tool when trying to explain changes in routines and concepts that may be difficult to understand, such as "pandemics" and "social distancing".

Here are a few examples that are available online.

General Resources

Recursos en Español

Que deben saber los adultos y las personas con discapacidad?
Este contine informacion basica sobre covid19.

The websites listed are independent of the UC Davis MIND Institute and Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (CEDD).  Resources are provided for information only and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of the UC Davis MIND Institute and Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.

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