COVID-19 Updates and Resources

Due to the ever-changing updates regarding COVID-19, the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati has decided to suspend our in-person programs and events until further notice. We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you updated through email, social media, and our website.

Please know that while we are unable to have in-person programs and events, we are here to support you during the changes and challenges ahead. Our staff team is still working and dedicated to providing ongoing support, resources, outreach, and virtual programs. We truly appreciate your continuous support and encourage you to reach out if you have questions or concerns. 

If you have already registered for a program or event, we will send specific correspondence to you via email in the coming weeks.

We encourage you to check out our VIRTUAL PROGRAMS starting April 6.


We will continue to add & update resources as they come. If you have additional resources you'd like to share, please email KrissyV@dsagc.com.

HEALTH RESOURCES

COVID-19 Information from Global Down Syndrome Foundation

COVID-19 Information from Lumind IDSC

Dr. Brian Skotko Updates

Coronavirus (with Dr. Andrew Nowalk)

Q & A regarding COVID-19 and Down syndrome

Ohio Department of Health

Kentucky Department of Health


MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

Mental Health during COVID-19

If you or a loved one is feeling anxiety related to the coronavirus pandemic, please know that help is available. The following resources can be found on the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS).

Ohio Crisis Text Line (use to connect with a trained counselor)
Text keyword "4HOPE" to 741 741

OhioMHAS Help Line (use to find resources in your community)
Call 1-877-275-6364

Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or (1-800-846-8517 TTY)
Text "TalkWithUs" to 66746
Spanish-speakers: Text "Hablanos" to 66746
Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, year-round

Questions about COVID-19 can be answered at http://www.coronovirus.ohio.gov or by calling 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634)

Please stay safe and keep healthy, please follow the social distancing guidelines, and please call your health care provider if you are sick. Please also take care of others. We will get through this, together.



EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

Home Learning for Special Education

Tips for Virtual IEP Meeting

e-Learning and Down syndrome by Dr. Brian Skotko

Wrightslaw Education

Impact of COVID-19 on Special Education with Ashley Barlow

Social Story Example regarding COVID-19

U.S. Department of Education Fact Sheet

Making the Most Out of School Closures

Functional Life Skills Resources

Remote Learning Resources

Preparing Yourself, Your Family and Your Home for Online Learning

COVID-19:  e-Learning & Down syndrome

Daily Schedule of Online Educational Activities, made by friend Linnea Lowe, BSW, LSW

How to talk to your child with ASD about frightening situations

What Should I do to Prepare my Child with ASD for the COVID-19 Impact

COPAA Statement on Student Rights Under IDEA During the COVID-19 Outbreak

COVID-19  Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel

Learning Resources

A podcast dedicated to all things relating to special education law.

Printable COVID-19 Communication Board

Ideas for e-learning and FREE printables


ADVOCACY RESOURCES

National Down Syndrome Congress Advocacy Updates


FREE VIRTUAL COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITES 

Big Blue Canopy - therapists go LIVE on Facebook weekdays at noon.

Cincinnati Zoo - LIVE virtual animal encounters weekdays at 3 PM.

Melodic Connections - music therapists go LIVE weekdays at noon for music lessons.

The Kennedy Center - LUNCH DOODLES with Mo Willems weekdays at 1 PM. 

James E. Biggs Early Childhood Education Center - daily lessons for younger kids in both Spanish and English.

McHarper Manor - local art lessons via Facebook.


FREE VIRTUAL LEARNING SITES

Peep and the Big Wide World

Koo Koo Kangaroo

The Learning Station

PBS Kids Games and Videos

Epic Library

Learning Resource Hub
facebook group for parents to share e-learning ideas

Elementary School Parents At Home Learning

facebook group for parents to share e-learning ideas