Resources for Families During the COVID Emergency

During the shutdown, we will use these pages to share resources and activities for families whose services have been suspended.

This page contains: general, health, safety, services, and crisis support information.

There are sub-pages with wellness and activity resources for Adult clients and for school-aged students.

Please check back frequently for updates.

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UVA’s Supporting Transformative Autism Research (STAR) initiative has been offering valuable webinars during closure.  The videos of these webinars are collected on the STAR initiative Facebook page for videos.

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Autism Speaks has a page listing grant opportunities for familieswww.autismspeaks.org/autism-grants-families

Their COVID-19 Resources page has select resources links, well organized, that include coping strategies, scheduling aids, and teaching storieswww.autismspeaks.org/covid-19-information-and-resources

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Free Workout Videos:  Looking for some ACTION for your family during days cooped up at home?  Free workout videos:  vimeo.com/showcase/6880106

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Do you need help? Willing to provide help?  A great summary of local opportunities and resources is at supportcville.com.

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A VIA family has kindly offered help picking up medications or similar necessities.  If you need this help, please reach out to Hilary hngagel [at] viacenters [dot] org or to Ashley awalding [at] viacenters [dot] org to be connected.

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YOUR HEALTH AND SAFETY   Know what to do if you get exposed

As time goes on, it’s inevitable that we’re going to have more confirmed cases locally. Please review the Health Department Guidelines on what to do –  COVID-19 – What if……

What do I do if I have confirmed or suspected COVID-19?

What do I do if I were potentially exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19?

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From Hilary Nagel hnagel [at] viacenters [dot] org — All counties now have FREE lunch programs on offer. Drive by to receive a free lunch. Families can email Hilary directly to connect them with this resource in their jurisdiction.

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March 18th – 1-4 pm — Free Webinar – Home all Day: Basic Supports and Strategies Webinar.  Unexpected school closings present special challenges for individuals on the autism spectrum. Tune in to hear ideas for easing anxiety, scheduling daily activities, and staying busy during challenging times. Hosted by St. John’s University Professor, Angela Mouzakitis PhD, BCBA-D.  Register:  https://www.autism.org/coronavirus-impact-home-all-day-basic-supports-and-strategies-to-get-us-through-and-keep-us-sane/