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Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System (español) offers a free bilingual hotline at (831) 755-0793 for community members to get answers to their coronavirus questions. The hotline is available 7 days a week, from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m each day.
Montage Health is promoting FREE e-visits for those who have symptoms similar to those associated with the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Visit https://www.montagehealth.org/montage-health/services/evisit/#.XnKuVohKhPY to learn more.
Walgreens is offering free delivery on prescriptions: https://www.walgreens.com/
CVS is waiving charges on delivery or prescriptions: https://www.cvs.com/content/
Monterey County Behavioral Health [1-888-258-6029] can provide 24/7 counseling and help with referrals.
The Suicide Prevention Hotline [1-877-663-5433] provides 24/7 free and confidential emotional support to those who feel suicidal or who are in emotional distress.
Northminster Presbyterian Preschool in Salinas is offering temporary Emergency Childcare to Essential Workers. The preschool is taking children ages birth to age 6 and is located at 345 E Alvin Drive, Salinas CA 93906. To contact them, call Tasha at (831) 682-1593.
Office of Emergency Services has an online list of child care resources that are available during this time.
While much of what we are experiencing is uncharted territory, there are some laws that apply to this challenging time. Here are some resources that might help.
Disability Rights California has a Coronavirus Information, Response and Planning page.
Deaf & Hard of Hearing Service Center has a COVID-19 Resources page that includes ASL (American Sign Language) videos on COVID-19.
San Andreas Regional Center has a Coronavirus Information and Resources page that has copies of written communication sent to SARC families, service providers (including Early Start providers), DDS Directives, Notices & Information from other agencies, and more.
California State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) has a list of COVID-19 Resources.
California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) has a Coronavirus Information and Resources page that includes a section of answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ), links to Department Directives, State updates and more.
ASL (American Sign Language) COVID-19 Video Series has been published by the Washington Department of Health.
Magical Bridge Foundation is offering Virtual Magical Bridge Concerts, Sing-a-longs, and more on its Magical Bridge Facebook page. Concerts are free, family-friendly, sensory-friendly, and multigenerational.
Autism Science Foundation has a COVID-19 Family Resource Center page that includes links to teaching tools, behavior management, policies and legal information, mental and physical health and partner toolkits.
Make Social & Emotional Learning Stick has a page entitled How to Manage Emotions and Build Structure at Home during COVID-19 and is offering a FREE 3-video series with free PDF tools on this page.
AnswersNow has a What to Tell Your Child with Autism about Coronavirus (COVID-19). It includes links to social stories and videos. AnswersNow is also, for a limited time, offering a full month of free support with an ability to cancel at any time.
California Department of Education has:
Autism Speaks has a COVID-19 Information and Resources page.
Easy-to-Read Information About Corona virus in Many Languages has been made available by Inclusion Europe.
Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE)'s Webinar (3/20) on Navigating the COVID-19 Crisis with a panel of experts from around the country (including Washington, D.C.) on March 20. You can view the March 20 Webinar HERE (you will have to register with your name and email address, but that's all). The webinar's Agenda and Slide Presentation is HERE. NOTE: While this is targeted toward educators, parents will get a great understanding of how educators are being guided during this time.
Disability Voices United's Webinar (3/19) on Coronavirus and Regional Center Services is now ONLINE.The beginning is a bit rough as presenters are signing into the webinar, so listen patiently at the start!
Autism Society Inland Empire's Webinar (3/19) on Resources for the New Reality: Coronavirus in the Special Needs Community is now ONLINE. Slides used for the presentation can be downloaded from www.ieautism.org/coronavirus-2020/webinar-and-presentations.
Health Risk Screening, Inc. (HRS, Inc.) is the sole developer, producer and distributor of the web-based Health Risk Screening Tool (HRST), a web-based application used to screen people with IDD and other vulnerable populations to identify health risks and identify service tools and training recommendations for people supporting the person with IDD. HRS has a COVID-19 Resources page.
Disability Voices United has a Coronavirus and Our Community resource page that includes resources and recommendations for people with developmental disabilities and their families at disabilityvoicesunited.org/cv.
Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE) is offering "COVID-19 Considerations for Special Education Administrators" on its website at https://www.casecec.org/.
The U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights, on March 17, 2020, released a short webinar on Online Education and Website Accessibility.
The U.S. Department of Education released "Questions and Answers on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Outbreak (March 2020)"
The following stores are offering some ways for elders and others at risk to access groceries. Please make sure to double check the specific store near to a client so that the information on timing is accurate. This list could also be growing as these companies figure out their own strategies. NOTE: Most of these places are offering these hours for the population they deem to be most "at risk." If you are considered at risk, due to underlying health conditions, but are not above the "special hours" age threshold, we encourage you to call ahead to determine your eligibility.
Target – special hours on Wednesdays beginning March 18. First hour of shopping, 8 am – 9 am is reserved seniors and those with health conditions. https://corporate.target.com/about/purpose-history/our-commitments/target-coronavirus-hub?lnk=Acoronavirusupd
Raleys/Bel Air/Nob Hill – Coming Soon – offering Senior Essentials Bags for $20 placed in front of the store each day at 7 a.m. with mix of fresh items and pantry staples. First come, first served. https://www.raleys.com/senior-essentials-bag/
Whole Foods – Starting Wednesday – individuals 60+ will visit the store one hour before it is open to the public. Monterey Whole Foods will open from 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. on Wednesdays for seniors. Regular store hours are 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. https://media.wholefoodsmarket.com/news/how-whole-foods-market-is-responding-to-covid-19
Safeway/Albertsons/Lucky – Tuesday and Thursday from 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. for vulnerable shoppers. https://www.albertsonscompanies.com/newsroom/shopping-hours-for-vulnerable-customers.html
Dollar General – First hour of every day for elders and others. Open at 8 a.m. – elders to shop from 7 a.m. – 8 a.m. http://www2.dollargeneral.com/About-Us/pages/storelocator.aspx
Walgreens - Tuesday mornings, from 8 am - 9 am are reserved for seniors (ages 55 and over) https://www.walgreens.com/topic/promotion/seniorday.jsp?ban=seniorday_vanityurl
Trader Joe's - First hour of every day (9 am - 10 am) for seniors https://www.traderjoes.com/announcement/supporting-our-senior-customers
Walmart - An "hour-long senior shopping event" will take place "every Tuesday for customers aged 60 and older. This will start one hour before the store opens." If your Walmart store's normal opening hour is 7 am, the senior shopping time on Tuesday will be between 6 am and 7 am. Walmart's pharmacies and vision centers will also be open during this time. https://corporate.walmart.com/newsroom/2020/03/18/latest-walmart-store-changes-to-support-associates-and-customers
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