What Military Families Need to Know about COVID-19

The National Military Family Association has created a hub of information for military families regarding COVID-19. This website is updated regularly.

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Resources for the Rare Disease Community

The following fact sheet was adapted from the webinar, “A Rare Response: Addressing the COVID-19 Pandemic” sponsored by National Organization for Rare Diseases (NORD) on March 31, 2020

Resource: PDF Resources for the Rare Disease Community
Parent Guides for Face Mask Use

The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School created these resources for parents to support their children in wearing face masks:

Resource: PDF I Can Stay Healthy by Wearing a Face Mask PDF Helping Your Child Wear a Face Mask PDF Help Your Child Feel Good about Using and Seeing Others Wearing Face Masks
MD Department of Health Issues Guidance for for Transitioning Youth and Families

On May 12th, The Maryland Department of Health issued guidance on Transitioning Youth Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Resource: PDF Transitioning Youth Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic
MD Departments of Disabilities and Health Issue Guidance for Patients with Disabilities

On May 11th, the Maryland Department of Disabilities and Department of Health issued joint departmental guidance on access to supports for patients with disabilities in hospital settings during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Resource: PDF Access to Support for Patients with Disabilities in Hospital Settings
Telehealth Services: Webinar and Companion Resources

Watch this PPMD webinar to learn about telehealth during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Use these companion resources to view guides and other information about telehealth.

Resource: PPMD Webinar Telehealth in a Pandemic Webinar PDF A Children's Guide to Telehealth PDF Maryland Department of Health Guidance on Well-Child Visits and Preventative Care During COVID-19 PDF How Patients can Engage Telehealth URL Is it okay to call the pediatrician during COVID-19?
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Self-Care Resources

Watch this PPMD webinar for helpful tips about taking care of yourself during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Use these companion tip sheets and resources.

Resource: PPMD Webinar Take Care of Yourself: Self-Care Webinar PDF Self-Care Resources PDF Ways to Improve Resilience and Well-Being PDF Reflective Questions for Mindfulness PDF Resources to Lessen COVID-19 Trauma
COVID-19 and What’s Next: What Parents Need to Know Webinar & Companion Resources

Watch this PPMD webinar for helpful resources on what you need to know about how the COVID-19 Pandemic and School Closures affect your child’s education and special education services on PPMD’s YouTube channel, linked below in the resource section. Use these companion tip sheets and resources.

Resource: PPMD Webinar COVID-19: What's Next? Webinar PDF Top 10 Tips for Parents - COVID-19 PDF Monitoring Progress How to Document the Impact of Online Learning PDF Sample Progress Monitoring Pages PDF Disability Rights MD Guide for Parents in Continuity of Learning URL PPMD's Youtube Channel
MD Dept of Health Expands Definition of Telehealth

The Maryland Department of Health has expanded the definition of a telehealth originating site to include a participant’s home or any other secure location as approved by the participant and the provider for purpose of delivery of Medicaid-covered services. This expansion applies to services delivered to a Medicaid participant via fee-for-service or through a HealthChoice Managed Care Organization (“MCO”).

Resource: URL MD Expansion of TeleHealth
MD DDA COVID-19 Updates

Families on MD DDA – make sure you check out the MD DDA COVID-19 Updates.  The DDA Waivers Appendix K was submitted to the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Friday, and posted on the MD DDA website.  In addition, the DDA COVID-19 Questions and Answers has been updated on this website – check them out!

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MSDE, Division of Early Intervention/Special Education TABs on Serving Children w/Disabilities During School Closure Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

MSDE, Division of Early Intervention/Special Education TABS:

Technical Assistance Bulletin on Serving Children w/Disabilities Under IDEA During School Closure Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Technical Assistance Bulletin on Providing Continuity of Learning to Students with Disabilities Through Nonpublic Special Education Schools during COVID-19

Technical Assistance Bulletin on Providing Continuity of Learning to Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, Blind, Low-Vision, and DeafBlind Students during COVID-19

Technical Assistance Bulletin on Navigating Secondary Transition Services for Students with Disabilities during COVID-19

Technical Assistance Bulletin on Continuity of the IFSP for Young Children (Birth – Age 4) with Developmental Delays/Disabilities and their Families during Extended School/Agency Closure due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Technical Assistance Bulletin on Providing Continuity of Learning for Students with Disabilities who require Extensive, Intensive, Individualized Instruction and Support during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Technical Assistance Bulletin on Supporting the Use of Assistive Technology in a Virtual and/or Distance Learning Environment

Technical Assistance Bulletin on Providing Continuity of Learning to Students with Disabilities during COVID-19

MSDE, Division of Early Intervention/Special Education – Extended School Year (ESY) Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic

MSDE, Division of Early Intervention/Special Education – A Parents’ Guide: Navigating Special Education during the COVID-19 Pandemic

MSDE, Division of Early Intervention/Special Education – A Guide for Emotional Well-Being

COPAA’s FAQ: Let’s Work Together to Embrace the IDEA and Educate Students

Resource: PDF TAB on Serving Students w/Disabilities during COVID-19 Pandemic PDF TAB on Providing Continuity of Learning to Students w/Disabilities at Nonpublic Special Ed Schools PDF TAB on Providing Continuity of Learning to Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, Blind, Low-Vision, and DeafBlind Students during COVID-19 PDF TAB on Navigating Secondary Transition Services for Students with Disabilities during COVID-19 PDF TAB on Continuity of the IFSP for Young Children with Developmental Delays/Disabilities PDF TAB on Providing Continuity of Learning for Students with Disabilities who require Extensive, Intensive, Individualized Instruction and Support PDF TAB on Supporting the use of Assistive Technology in a Virtual and/or Distance Learning Environment PDF TAB on Continuity of Learning to Students with Disabilities PDF Extended School Year (ESY) Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic PDF A Parent's Guide to Navigating the Pandemic PDF A Guide for Emotional Well-Being URL COPAA's FAQ: Let’s Work Together to Embrace the IDEA and Educate Students
Resources for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing
Resource: URL Virtual Activities for Teachers and Families COVID-19 PDF Teaching Remotely to Deaf & Hard of Hearing Students URL Brief Video (signed and captioned):Tips for preventing the spread of COVID 19 from the CDC. URL Brief Video (signed and captioned): how to manage at home if you suspect that you might have COVID 19 from the CDC.
OCR Issues Bulletin on Civil Rights Laws & HIPAA Flexibilities

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that privacy restrictions on platforms for telehealth have been waived during the COVID-19 Emergency. OCR’s Notice of Enforcement Discretion allowing providers to serve patients where they are through commonly used apps like FaceTime, Skype, and Zoom to provide telehealth remote communications. (Otherwise HIPAA and FERPA rules could have gotten in the way of online delivery of therapy and other health services
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PPMD Resource List for Coronavirus Pandemic

PPMD links to many Maryland based resources, available in English and Spanish

Resource: PDF PPMD Resource List - Coronavirus PDF PPMD Resource List - Coronavirus (Spanish)
Updated Coronavirus Links for MD Dept of Health and MSDE

Update Information on Coronavirus Pandemic in Maryland to include the Maryland Department of Health

The Maryland State Department of Education: closure of all public schools in Maryland for an additional four weeks through April 24, 2020

Resource: URL Maryland Department of Health Coronavirus Website URL Maryland State Department of Education
US Dept of Ed COVID-19 Supplemental Fact Sheet

March 21, 2020 Document: reaffirms the rights of students to receive educational instruction and related services under federal special education law during the COVID-19 pandemic, and they offered additional clarification about how states can creatively serve all students including students with disabilities. 

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US Dept of Ed-OSEP Q&A

U.S. Dept of Education-Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has released this informal guidance a set of questions and answers about the impact of the COVID19 pandemic on federal special education policies supporting school-aged children with disabilities

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Wrightslaw Q&A on FAPE and Coronavirus

Wrightslaw just put out a newly published resource to answer questions about IEPs, IEP meetings and evaluations, and additional resources for at home support.

Resource: URL Q&A on FAPE regarding Coronavirus Pandemic URL Wrightslaw resources for home during Pandemic
Coronavirus Social Story

New Coronavirus Social Story from The Autism Educator

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Maryland Emergency Refill Protocols

Per 2010 Maryland Code: HEALTH OCCUPATIONS–TITLE 12 -PHARMACISTS AND PHARMACIES, Subtitle 5 -Practice of Pharmacy and Operation of Pharmacies, Section 12-506 – Guidelines for unauthorized refills:

Under normal circumstances: A pharmacist can provide one refill of a prescription (not exceeding a 14-day supply) WITHOUT authorization. In this case the pharmacist must notify the authorized prescriber of the refill within 72 hours.

Under a state of emergency: A pharmacist can provide 1 refill not exceeding a 14-day supply. Pharmacist must notify authorized prescriber of the refill within 7 days.

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Maryland Free Student Meals During Coronavirus Pandemic

List of Maryland distribution sites for Free Student Meals in both English and Spanish

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US Dept of Education-Office of Civil Right Fact Sheet

March 18, 2020: US Department of Education-Office of Civil Rights released a Fact Sheet Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Schools While Protecting the Civil Rights of Students

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Stop the Spread of Germs – Multiple Languages

Graphic developed in several languages

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Plain Language Booklet on Coronavirus

This easy to read booklet about the Coronavirus is from SARTAC was written by and for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). It focuses on “need to know” information (not “nice to know” information).

Resource: URL Plain Language Booklet on Coronavirus URL Spanish Plain Language Booklet on Coronavirus
Cartoon for Kids About Coronavirus

For your children, National Public Radio (NPR) collaborated with experts in social work and mental health to provide this cartoon for kids.

Resource: PDF URL NPR Story about Cartoon for Kids About Coronavirus
Current resources and information on the Coronavirus Pandemic

You can find resources from the State of Maryland and national groups in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in our Resource Section

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