Federal Public Health Emergency Extended

On July 24th, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services renewed the federal public health emergency (PHE) as a result of the continued consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Maryland Department of Health issued an official statement that all COVID-19 related flexibilities implemented by the Department remain in place, including the ability to offer telehealth services delivered using audio-only or non-HIPAA compliant technology. View the official statement below.

Resource: PDF Public Health Emergency Extension
MSDE TAB: Home and Hospital Teaching Supplement on Students with Disabilities

View the Maryland State Department of Education’s Technical Assistance Bulletin on Home and Hospital Teaching. This document answers frequently asked questions, that you may have, about about Home and Hospital Teaching.

Resource: PDF MSDE TAB: Home and Hospital Teaching
Extending Transition Timeframe for Autism Waiver Participants Exiting the School System and/or “Aging Out” During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Maryland Department of Health, Developmental Disabilities Administration, and the Maryland State Department of Education have continued funding for services covered by its waiver for individuals who are 22 years of age or older during COVID-19.

This means that Autism Waiver participants, who would have otherwise been disenrolled, can remain on the Autism Waiver after June 30th. Please see the attachments for more information.

Resource: PDF Memo for Autism Waiver Participants PDF Autism Waiver Transitioning Youth Guidance PDF At A Glance COVID-19 Transitioning Youth
Webinar: Data Collection during COVID-19

Watch this webinar to learn how to track your child’s progress while engaging in virtual learning from home.

Resource: PPMD Webinar Data Collection during COVID-19
Parent Tips for a Virtual IEP Meeting

IEP meetings will still be held despite not being able to meet in person. Read these tips on how to prepare and take part in a virtual IEP meeting.

Resource: PDF
How to Set Up a Mobile Hotspot

Your phone carrier may allow you to set up a mobile hotspot through your smartphone at a lower cost to help with your internet needs during COVID-19. Use this guide to help set up your mobile hotspot on your android or iPhone.

Resource: PDF How to Set Up a Mobile Hotspot
Special COVID Payments: Frequently Asked Questions

The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council, Department of Disabilities, Department of Health, and Maryland ABLE created a factsheet answering questions about the COVID-19 Stimulus Payment and provide information about ABLE accounts. Use this factsheet to help answer the questions you have had about the COVID-19 Stimulus Payment.

Resource: PDF Special COVID Payments FAQs
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.

Resource: URL What Military Families Need to Know about COVID-19
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

PPMD has created a factsheet with helpful hints for getting your child to wear a face mask.

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 PPMD's Helpful Hints for Face Masks 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
DD Council Resources

Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council has created a resource to support families engage in virtual meetings. View this resource here in English and Spanish.

Resource: PDF Virtual Meeting Infographic English PDF Virtual Meeting Infographic Spanish
TOP 10 TIPS for Distance Learning for Young Children

Use this resource to learn tips for distance learning if you have young children.

Resource: PDF Top 10 Tips for Young Children
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
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
Zoom & Tele-Therapy Resource Guides for Parents

PPMD has created three new resource pages to help parents prepare their children to participate effectively for Zoom classes and Tele-therapy. The resource pages focus on how to use Zoom, Zoom etiquette, and preparing for a virtual meeting.

Resource: PDF Zoom Etiquette Guide for Students PDF How to Prepare for Zoom Meetings and Tele-therapy PDF How to Prepare a Student for a Virtual Meeting
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!

Resource: URL
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
).

Resource: URL
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. 

Resource: PDF
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
Maryland Free Student Meals During Coronavirus Pandemic

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

Resource: PDF PDF
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

Resource: PDF
Stop the Spread of Germs – Multiple Languages

Graphic developed in several languages

Resource: PDF
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

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