The team at the Office of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach (OIPO) at the Burton Blatt Institute (Syracuse University College of Law) joins our colleagues at the Southeast ADA Center (SEADA) in gathering and organizing resources that center the rights, access, and experiences of disabled people during the time of COVID-19. Please note that inclusion of a resource herein does not necessarily mean an endorsement. This OIPO resources listing focuses on New York State, with particular attention paid to Central New York—and Syracuse, specifically. We cannot attest to every site’s accessibility.You are also welcome to visit a guide created by Diane R. Wiener for a broad set of wellness, creativity, and advocacy resources in the time of COVID-19.
Resources for Syracuse University students, faculty, staff and administrators, alumni, parents, and community members, as well as resources produced and circulated by Syracuse University projects and initiatives.
ADA Live! (brought to you by SEADA) Podcast: 3-Part Series – Protecting Your Mental Health during the Coronavirus Outbreak
Listen to the series and all prior episodes on SoundCloud ADA Live! plus NEW! options for captions (CC) available by interactive transcript and text version at the ADA Live! website. Learn more & explore: www.adalive.org. ADA Live! is produced by the Southeast ADA Center, a member of the ADA National Network and a project of the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University.
Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion – COVID-19
email@example.com or (315) 443-2692
Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion: COVID-19 Tracker for NYS Counties
firstname.lastname@example.org or (315) 443-2692
Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion: Population Health Research Brief Series
email@example.com or (315) 443-2692
Mid-State Partnership, School of Education
The Mid-State Partnerships consists of three projects working collaboratively to support students, families, and educational organizations to build capacity and improve educational and post-educational outcomes for students with disabilities:
- The Mid-State Regional Partnership Center (RPC) – firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Mid-State School-Age Family and Community Engagement (SA-FACE) Center – email@example.com, (315) 443-4195
- The Mid-State Early Childhood Family and Community Engagement (EC-FACE) Center – firstname.lastname@example.org, (315) 443-4352
- NOTE: Both the Mid-State SA-FACE Center and the Mid-State EC-FACE Center have been sending weekly emails with information around essentials, wellness, and other relevant topics. If you would like to join either Listserv, please email them at the email addresses, cited above.
Project ENABLE – Expanding Non-discriminatory Access By Librarians Everywhere
This time of quarantine is stressful and upsetting; simultaneously, it provides opportunities for the library community to gain new knowledge and develop new skills; to provide a more accessible library; and to support and educate inclusive librarians, now and in the future. Project ENABLE (Expanding Nondiscriminatory Access By Librarians Everywhere) has launched an updated, enhanced version of the Project ENABLE training site. Please share this information with your library staff, colleagues, students, and anyone who is interested in libraries and disabilities.
Southeast ADA Center COVID-19 Resources Portal
Information, Training, and Guidance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Serving Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
Study on the Impact of COVID-19
Dr. Tiago Barreira and Dr. Kevin Heffernan at Syracuse University are studying the impact of COVID-19 on mental health and physical activity. You can complete the survey they are using to collect data; anyone over 18 years old can participate. Questions about the research or survey can be directed to Dr. Barreira: email@example.com.
Syracuse University COVID-19 Updates and Resources
Coronavirus Help Line: (315) 443-8472
Resources pertaining to the City of Syracuse and the Central New York region.
2-1-1 CNY Disability Portal
Call 2-1-1 or (844) 245-1922
Serves St. Lawrence, Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego, and Onondaga counties.
For community, social, or government services, dial 2-1-1.
Hearing impaired, dial relay 7-1-1, ask for 1-844-342-5211
Serves Oneida, Madison and Herkimer counties.
2-1-1 Mid-York Disability Information
2-1-1/Life Line COVID-19 Resources
Dial 2-1-1 or 1-877-356-9211
Serves Monroe, Wayne, Ontario, Livingston, Cayuga and Seneca counties.
“ACCESS is the engagement, assessment, planning and referral process for children/youth with emotional and behavioral challenges and their families in Onondaga County.”
315-463-1100 Phone (this phone line is staffed 24/7)
Send email via their online contact form.
AccessCNY Statement on the Novel Coronavirus
Advocacy Center – COVID-19: Agency Updates
“As the current Coronavirus & COVID-19 public health crisis continues to evolve, the Advocacy Center is all too aware of the impact it is having on our community, survivors, and some of our most vulnerable populations. We will be utilizing these pages to communicate updates to agency services, relevant information for survivors, and needs for the agency and/or those we serve. For any questions or immediate assistance, please contact our 24 hour hotline (607-277-5000) to speak with an advocate.”
The Advocacy Center is dedicated to providing support, advocacy and education for survivors, friends, and families of domestic violence, and sexual assault in Tompkins County.
Arc Herkimer COVID-19 Updates
COVID-19 Hotline: (315) 574-7655
Syracuse / Main Office: (315) 472-3171; TTY: (315) 479-6363
ARISE at the Farm: (315) 687-6727
ARISE Oswego County: (315) 342-4088; TTY: (315) 342-8696
ARISE Fulton Mental Health: (315) 887-5156
ARISE Madison County: (315) 363-4672; TTY: (315) 363-2364
ARISE Cayuga/Seneca County (315) 255-3447; TTY: (315) 282-0762
- ARISE Action Center: Include the Priorities of Disability Community in the Next Coronavirus Relief bill
Aurora of Central New York Inc. Coronavirus/COVID-19 Resources
Phone: (315) 422-7263
TTY/TDD: (315) 422-9746
Video Phone: (315) 679-4168
Bridges for Brain Injury, Inc.
Bridges has received funding from the United Way of Rochester and the Community Foundation of Rochester for a meal delivery program. People with disabilities (in Ontario County and more, including Canandaigua, Farmington, Newark, and Palmyra) can call to find out how to get meals delivered to you regardless of your disability. This is available right now though this Covid19 pandemic.
Broome County Health Department – Coronavirus
Broome County Health Department Hotline: (607) 778-8885
CenterState CEO’s Generation Next & OneGroup present CNY LIVE: Home. Safe. Together.
Register and Watch
Thursday, May 7, 2020, 6:30 p.m. Eastern
Sponsored by OneGroup with support from KeyBank. Generation Next is an initiative of CenterState CEO and is supported in part by M&T Bank.
“Join Generation Next and leaders from across the community to celebrate the essential workers and businesses keeping Syracuse safe and strong. Enjoy performances from Symphoria and Syracuse Stage, meet business owners working to keep Syracuse running, enjoy a tribute to the region’s 2020 graduates, messages of thanks from the community, and so much more.”
Central New York Community Foundation – The COVID-19 Community Support Fund
Central New York Community Foundation – Regional & Affiliate COVID-19 Community Support
“This page is for those applying for or donating to COVID-19 support efforts from the Community Foundation’s regional funds or the Women’s Fund of CNY. Applicants and donors to the Onondaga County-based COVID-19 Community Support Fund should visit the Onondaga County-based site.” Includes:
- Oswego County COVID-19 Fund
- Cayuga County COVID-19 Fund
- Greater Pulaski Community Endowment Fund
- Madison County Rural Poverty Fund
- Women’s Fund of Central New York
The Child Care Council of Cornell Cooperative Extension
(315) 223-7850 extension 222
The Child Care Council of Cornell Cooperative Extension is a resource & referral education program dedicated to promoting quality, accessible child care for our community. We offer various services to individuals working with young children in Herkimer, Madison & Oneida counties. We also provide programs and education opportunities to help you understand and comply with the rules and regulations of providing quality child care.
Child Care Solutions – COVID-19 & Child Care Providers
Syracuse Office: (315) 446-1220 Ext. 0; 1-888-729-7290
Auburn Office: 315-446-1220 Ext. 0; 888-729-7290 Ext. 0
- Parent Guide to Finding High Quality Child Care in Onondaga & Cayuga Counties (PDF Document, 7 pages)
Child Development Council – COVID19 – Services and Resources
“This page summarizes current state and federal supports and additional services Council staff are offering to assure the well-being of children, families, and child care providers in our community.”
- Ithaca Office: 607-273-0259
- Cortland Office: 607-753-0106
- Toll Free Number 1-877-785-KIDS (5437)
- Online contact form
- Serves Tompkins and Cortland counties.
City of Syracuse Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Notifications
Community Action Partnership for Madison County – Community Resources
Morrisville Office: (315) 684-3144
Canastota Office: (315) 697-3588
Community Action Programs Cayuga/Seneca- COVID-19 Information
Agency Headquarters: (315) 255-1703
Seneca Office: (315) 539-5647
Online contact form
“Community Action Programs Cayuga/Seneca (CAP) remains open to provide meaningful services and assistance to individuals and families in need.”
- Current Needs Survey – Community Action Programs Cayuga/Seneca (CAP): Please take a few minutes to complete our survey that will enable us to provide programming and services to better meet the needs of our community due to the unprecedented challenges associated with COVID-19.
The Community Foundation of Rochester – COVID-19 Resource Page
“To help our nonprofit partners and the communities they serve, we set out to build a list of resources where people can find vital information about meeting immediate needs during the COVID-19 crisis. We will monitor and update this page frequently. Please help spread the word by sharing our short URL on social media.”
Community Crisis Fund
“Established by United Way of Greater Rochester and the Community Foundation to rapidly deploy flexible resources to community-based organizations that are disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the economic consequences of the outbreak, community and organizational recovery, and future community emergencies.”
Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates for Cayuga County
Emergency Operations Center Hotline: (315) 253-1355
COVID-19 Vaccine Trials at Upstate Medical University
“The study will be conducted through Upstate’s Institute for Global Health and Translational Science. Currently, there are no available vaccines that have been proven to prevent COVID-19. Interested individuals can call (315) 464-9869 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.”
Exceptional Family Resources
- Note: EFR’s Executive Director hosts a daily Facebook Live session at 12 noon on EFR’s Facebook page.
- 2019-2020 Resource Manual Onondaga County and Surrounding Areas (PDF Document, 92 pages). Also, this guide includes “out of county” resources (Cayuga, Cortland, Madison & Oswego) starting on page 66.
Family Resources Centers of Tioga County
“Virtual Parent Talk Times every Wednesday at 2 pm facilitated by Parenting Educators Donna Gibson and Joan Shultz. Designed for parents and caregivers of children birth to 5 years at home. Topics include stress management, sensory play, managing routines, and more! Email Joan at email@example.com for the weekly link to join!”
- Owego FRC – (607) 687-4020 ext 308, Donna Vergason-Gibson, Site Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Waverly FRC – (607) 687-4020, Joan Shultz, Site Coordinator, email@example.com
Food Bank of Central New York – Important COVID-19 Information & Resources
Foodnet Meals On Wheels
“Foodnet Meals on Wheels’ mission is to provide meals and other nutrition services that promote dignity, well-being and independence for older adults and other persons in need in Tompkins County.”
Fulton County – COVID-19 Information
Greater Syracuse H.O.P.E., in partnership with the Syracuse-Onondaga Food Systems Alliance (SOFSA) – Syracuse COVID-19 Needs Assessment
Hamilton County CORONAVIRUS COVID-19
Phone: (518) 648-6131
Herkimer County Coronavirus Information
“For public information, a phone line is available weekdays from 8:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m. the number is (315) 867-1351.”
“LAUNCH is open to support clients on a limited basis at this time. Please call 315-432-0665 to confirm appointments and/or service availability.”
Online Contact Form
LDA of the Mohawk Valley/Resource Center for Independent Living
Toll-free at 1-800-627-2981
Utica Office: (315) 797-4642
The Dorothy Smith Center for Advocacy: (315) 624-2554
Amsterdam Office: (518) 842-3561
Herkimer Office: (315) 866-7245
Online contact form
Liberty Resources – Coronavirus/COVID-19
“Liberty Resources remains open and here to help our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic and in the future! Within the span of a day, we were able to shift our behavioral health services to telehealth and continue accepting new referrals.”
- Online Contact Form
- Connect with a Counselor Now @ (315) 498-5961.
- In Crisis? Connect with our Mobile Crisis Team through our partner Contact Community Services:
- Onondaga County: Adults (315) 251-0800; Youth (315) 463-1100
- Madison County (315) 366-2327
- Cayuga & Oswego (315) 251-0800
- Cortland County (607) 756-3771
- Main Office: (315) 425-1004
- Canastota: (315) 697-5200
- Cortland: (607) 218-6055
- Fulton: (315) 592-7978
- Oneida: (315) 363-0052
- Liberty POST Syracuse: (315) 425-1004
- Syracuse Integrated Health Care Clinic: (315) 472-4471
- Short Term Crisis Respite for ADULTS – Wellness and relaxation at your home away from home, serving Onondaga, Oswego, and Madison counties via a “Warm Peer Line”: 1-855-778-1900 – 24/7
Liberty Resources Help Restore Hope Center
Hotline 855-966-9723 (24/7)
Languages spoken: English/Spanish
“Liberty Resources Help Restore Hope Center is formerly known as the Victims of Violence Program. Our program services take a leadership role in Madison and Chenango Counties, New York by providing services for survivors, education, and prevention on domestic violence, child abuse, dating violence and other forms of abuse.”
Living in Cayuga County: 2019-2020 Community Services Directory (PDF Format, 72 pages)
Madison County COVID-19
- If you have a concern related to COVID-19 in Madison County regarding social distancing, hygiene practices, or an essential business, please dial the Madison County non-medical COVID-19 hotline at 315-366-2770 or complete this online form.
- If you would like to file a complaint about non-essential businesses that are continuing to operate, complete the Department of Labor’s Complaint Form.
Madison County Mental Health Crisis Hotline
Madison County Office for the Aging, Inc.
“Madison County Office for the Aging, Inc. (OFA) has temporarily closed all congregate Senior Nutrition and County Kitchen (SNACK) sites effective March 6, 2020. Please note that home delivered meal clients will continue to have their meals delivered, and congregate clients should have been contacted by OFA staff to discuss their food options. Contact them with any questions or concerns.”
Mohawk Valley COVID-19 Response Fund
Northeast Region 2-1-1
Call 2-1-1 or 1-888-366-3211
Serves Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, and Washington counties.
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Services
Northern Onondaga Public Library
NOPL Brewerton: (315) 676-7484
NOPL Cicero: (315) 699-2032
NOPL North Syracuse: (315) 458-6184
“Our locations may be closed but we’re open 24/7 online! Visit NOPL’s website to access digital resources such as ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, streaming music, movies, and more. At NOPL.org you can read our blog to find helpful posts for keeping all ages engaged and inspired with a library card and PIN. No library card? Sign up for a temporary digital library card and get started today.”
- Important Health Resources & Library Updates Regarding Coronavirus
- Need Help with Language Assistance? Need Disability Access Information or Assistance?
- Oneida County Mental Health Hotline: 1-800-678-0888
- Oneida County Health Department COVID-19 Hotline: 315-798-5431
- Oneida County Department of Family and Community Services’ Helpline: 315-798-5439
Onondaga Community Living
Main Office, Syracuse: (315) 434-9597
Referral & Services Line: (315) 913-4801
Fulton Office: (315) 602-2828
Onondaga County – Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Onondaga County Aging Services – Nutrition Services
Emergency Meals Hotline Number for Onondaga County Seniors Age 55 or Older: (315) 218-1987
Onondaga County Department of Children and Families Services/Youth Bureau
(315) 435-2884, ext 4293
Onondaga County Health Department
Due to the presence of COVID-19 in Onondaga County, the John H. Mulroy Civic Center building is closed to the public except for critical services. Anyone with County business should call ahead. The following changes to Health Department services are also in effect until further notice:
- WIC Clinic: All appointments will be done over the phone. If you have an upcoming appointment, our WIC staff will be calling you during the week of your scheduled appointment. If you have a new phone number please call the WIC office at 315.435.3304 to update your records.
- Office of Vital Statistics: Closed to walk-in traffic effective immediately. Birth and death certificates can continue to be ordered by mail, by fax, or online. Please call 315.435.3241 with any questions.
- TB Clinic and Sexual Health Center (STD Center): Visits by appointment only, no walk-in hours. Please call 315.435.3236 to schedule an appointment.
- Family Planning Service: The clinic at 113 East Taft Road in North Syracuse is closed. Patients will be seen at the Slocum Avenue clinic by appointment only, no walk-ins. For information or an appointment call or text 315.325.2010. Telehealth will be used whenever possible.
- Immunization Clinic: Closed until further notice
- Rabies Clinics: Cancelled until further notice
Onondaga County Mental Health COVID 19 Response Telephonic Support – Volunteers Needed (PDF Document, 1 page)
“Contact Community Services is seeking volunteers willing to provide support by phone. This is solely being used to provide social/emotional support for those dealing with the stress of the current crisis, particularly those with new challenges or general support for those with preexisting conditions. If you are willing to offer some time to this effort, please complete their online survey.”
Oswego County Office for the Aging – Meals for Seniors
(315) 349-3484 or 1-800-596-3200 extension 3484
OCO Crisis Hotlines – Crisis intervention and support for:
- Victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking or other violent crimes: (315) 342-1600
- People experiencing a Housing crisis, difficulty meeting basic needs and other crisis situations: (315) 342-7618 or 1-877-342-7618 (toll free)
Oswego YMCA – Spotlight: COVID-19
“Oswego YMCA remains open to provide childcare to all City of Oswego essential workers, to ensure that they can continue to work.”
- Emergency Housing Assistance Program – COVID-19/Coronavirus Updates
04.10.2020 – Housing Stability Survey: Help the Otsego County COVID-19 Economic Recovery Taskforce determine how many local families are facing eviction and/or have concerns about paying rent, their mortgage, or other housing costs. Take the short survey.
Otsego County Department of Public Health – COVID19 – Corona Virus Information Resource Center
Refugee and Immigrant Self-Empowerment (RISE)
“COVID-19 UPDATE–RISE has set up a 24/7 phone line to help connect Limited English Speakers to a live person who speaks their language: RISE Emergency Phone Number (315) 214-4480 (follow prompts for language needed): English * Nepali * French * Swahili * Lingala * Somali * Kizigua * Karen * Burmese * Kinyarwandan * Kirundi * Arabic * Please visit our Facebook page for live updates!”
Rochester Spinal Association – Grants
RSA has two small grant opportunities for people with spinal cord disability that may assist with offsetting unexpected costs due to COVID-19.
St. Joseph’s Health – Coronahealth
Support Syracuse-Onondaga Food Systems Alliance (SOFSA) via the the COVID-19 Community Support Fund
Support food access in Syracuse-Onondaga County! TCI Syracuse and SOFSA are working in collaboration with the community partners supporting the Central New York COVID-19 Community Support Fund to collect donations to support rapid response initiatives to assist Onondaga County residents to access food during the COVID-19 crisis. Enter “SOFSA” (Syracuse-Onondaga Food Systems Alliance) as a comment in your online donation form to earmark your donation for food-related needs.
Syracuse.com – Sign up for free text messages about important updates on coronavirus in Central New York
Syracuse Refugee and Immigrant Defense Network (SIRDN) Resources Document
Documento de recursos sobre Coronavirus/COVID-1
De la Red de Defensa de Refugiados e Inmigrantes de Syracuse (SIRDN)
Para español, haga click aquí.
For the English version, click here.
“Whenever possible, we included both English and Spanish versions of resources. When the resource is only available in one language, you can use these instructions to have Google translate the page to other languages.”
United Way of Central New York Information and Resources Amid Covid-19
United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica – Coronavirus (COVID-19)
For immediate help finding community resources, call 2-1-1 or visit 211midyork.org.
Online Contact Form
Upstate University Hospital Triage Line
“Upstate’s COVID-19 triage number is (315) 464-3979. The triage line will serve the following counties: Onondaga, Cayuga, Oswego, Madison, Cortland, Chenango, Tompkins, Tioga, Broome, Oneida, Herkimer, Lewis, Jefferson, St. Lawrence.”
U.S. Congressman John Katko – Coronavirus: Information and Resources
Representing 24th Congressional District in New York, which includes Onondaga, Cayuga, and Wayne Counties and the western portion of Oswego County.
Online contact form
Vera House – Our Response to COVID-19
Westcott Mutual Aid
Westcott Mutual Aid is a newly formed alliance with Salt City Market and its restaurants and food merchants to keep staff employed by making meals to be distributed at community centers. These meals are being made at cost (supplies and labor) and distributed to neighborhoods with the greatest need. Immediate funding for this initiative is being provided by individual residents and business owners in the Westcott neighborhood. Please consider assisting financially with these efforts to keep people working and keep people fed.
Resources specific to New York State.
2-1-1 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic Resources
Call 2-1-1 or search 2-1-1 by zip code or city and state to find resources for your region.
Accessible New York
“This year is the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. New York State offers many opportunities for travelers with accessibility needs. Hundreds of attractions across the state offer accessibility features, with some even providing specialty programming like sensory-friendly museum days and adaptive skiing and snowboarding.”
Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers of New York State (ASAP) – Corona Virus Helpline
General Inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
APART + CONNECTED: NYC Deaf Life During the Pandemic
Gallaudet University’s Schuchman Deaf Documentary Center is hosting a virtual panel discussion on NYC Deaf life during the pandemic on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 1-2 p.m. ET. Panelists include Roxanna Aguilo, Carlos Aponte-Salcedo Jr., Patrice Creamer, Marina Fanshteyn, and Alexandria Pucciarelli-Miller; moderated by Brianna DiGiovanni. Panelists will use American Sign Language (ASL). ASL to spoken English interpreting and real-time captioning provided. This panel is being broadcast via Zoom.
Center for Disability Rights – Action Steps for Attendant Service Users in Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Rochester: TEL (585) 546-7510; TTY (585) 546-7512
Albany: TEL (518) 320-7100; TTY (518) 320-7100
Canandaigua: TEL (585) 546-7055
Corning: TEL (607) 654-0030
Geneva: TEL (315) 789-1800; TTY (315) 789-1800
CityMD – Free testing – Uninsured New Yorkers can get a free diagnostic COVID-19 test at any CityMD urgent care facility. All CityMD locations are offering nasal swab tests seven days a week, and walk-ins are accepted. Also a reminder that New York health insurers have been directed to waive all costs associated with COVID-19 testing. If you believe you have COVID symptoms, don’t wait — get tested.
Source: New York Post
Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Association of New York State – COVID-19 Consumer Impact Survey
“CDPAANYS is collecting data from consumers and designated representatives to learn how COVID-19 is affecting your daily routine and access to care. Participation in this survey will help CDPAANYS learn where resources are needed and better advocate for CDPA.”
Cornell Cooperative Extension – New York Extension Disaster Education Network – COVID-19 Resources
If you have Coronavirus resources, programs, or information to submit to NY EDEN, please use this form.
Cornell Cooperative Extension Tioga County – COVID-19 Financial Wellness Resources
Coronavirus & Responsible Behaviors by State – “New York State named most responsible state in fight against COVID-19”
This new study by a health care data group named New York the “most responsible state” in fighting COVID-19, due to New Yorkers’ widespread mask wearing as well as the state’s robust testing capacity and health care system, among other factors.
COVID 19: Resources for Kinship Caregivers in NYS – NYS Kinship Navigator
“The NYS Kinship Navigator is an information, referral and education program for kinship caregivers in New York State. A kinship caregiver is an individual that is caring for a child that is not biologically their own.”
COVID Act Now – New York
This website shares COVID data and risk level for communities throughout the state and all other states, 2,100+ counties.
“New York is on track to contain COVID. Cases are steadily decreasing and New York’s COVID preparedness meets or exceeds international standards.”
COVID-19 Consumer Impact Survey
“CDPAANYS is collecting data from consumers and designated representatives to learn how COVID-19 is affecting your daily routine and access to care. Participation in this survey will help CDPAANYS learn where resources are needed and better advocate for CDPA.”
COVID-19 Special Needs Resources – Information For Families with A Child with an Intellectual and/or Developmental Disability During the Covid-19 Pandemic
Source: STRYDD Center (Supporting Trauma Recovery for Youth with Developmental Disabilities)
- From Art Beyond Sight: “At Art Beyond Sight, dance is one of the several arts disciplines which we focus on. We ask all dancers to please take this Coronavirus Impact Survey and share it with friends and colleagues who are dancers, who have a dance company, or a dance school. This survey will garner important coronavirus impact information for disability dance which may impact the greater disability arts community as well.”
- From Dance/NYC: “Dance/NYC is monitoring the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the dance field. We value your input and will use it to create public awareness and guide policy, resources, and program development for dance makers and organizations based in the metropolitan New York City area.”
Learn about the Dance/NYC Coronavirus Dance Relief Fund
Disability Rights New York (DRNY) COVID-19 Resource Guide
Phone: (518) 432-7861
TTY: (518) 512-3448
Toll Free: (800) 993-8982
- Accessing Special Education During COVID-19 (PDF Document, 4 pages)
- What You Should Know About COVID-19 for people in residential and institutional settings (Closed Captioned YouTube video; a transcript is also available)
- Virtual Roundtable – Voting Concerns Amid COVID-19, Friday, April 24 @ 1pm – 2pm; Closed captioning may be made available upon request. Please contact email@example.com for more information. Access the virtual meeting online. If you are prompted to provide a password, then please enter: uDPXPPMt823. Call-in Information: If you are unable to join via the link provided, please call in at the following phone number and enter the access code when prompted: Phone: 415-655-0002; Access code: 474 605 475
- Your Right To Receive Hospital Care During COVID-19 (PDF Document, 3 pages)
- Your Right To Have a Support Person While Hospitalized During COVID-19 (PDF Document, 3 pages)
Families Together in New York State – Resources for Families Affected by COVID-19
Feed the Frontlines NYC
“By purchasing meals through Feed the Frontlines NYC, you’ll help fuel the extraordinary efforts of our city’s healthcare and social services workers while supporting our local restaurants and their workers.”
Feeding New York State
“Feeding New York State is incorporated as a non-profit whose mission is to lead a unified effort for a hunger-free New York State.”
First Responders Fund – COVID-19 NYS Emergency Response
To help support our hero frontline workers, New York created the First Responders Fund. The fund will assist COVID-19 healthcare workers and first responders with expenses and costs, including child care. We encourage New Yorkers to donate if you can: Donations can be made electronically [online] or by check, mailed to “Health Research, Inc., 150 Broadway, Suite 560, Menands, NY 12204.” (For checks, the donor should specify the donation is for “COVID-19 NYS Emergency Response.”)
Hite – ONLINE RESOURCE DIRECTORY
Connecting New Yorkers with free and low-cost health and social services
“It’s Up To Us, New York” (PDF Document, 8 pages)
NY is launching a new series of public service announcements to remind New Yorkers to keep doing their part to fight Coronavirus. The advertisements will appear across social media, on MTA buses and trains and on billboards across the state. Masks are mandatory when riding public transportation systems and New Yorkers should follow all guidelines and protocols when riding, including maintaining social distancing to the extent possible, using hand sanitizer and observing decal guidance.
League of Women Voters of New York State
COVID-19 Voting and Government resources:
- LWVNY CARES Act Election Assistance Funding Letter to Governor Cuomo (4/24/2020) (PDF Document, 1 page)
- LWVNY Letter to NY Congressional Delegation on Election Assistance Funding through CARES Act (4/17/2020) (PDF Document, 1 page)
- Let NY Vote Joint Letter on CARES Election Funds (4/13/2020) (PDF Document, 1 page)
- Take Action Toolkit to Advocate to Expand Absentee Voting in New York State (4/1/2020) (Google Document)
- Good Government Group Joint Letter On Postponement of April Primary (3/27/2020) (PDF Document, 2 pages)
- Good Government Groups Urge Legislature to Adopt Transparency Measures During Social Distancing (3/25/2020) (PDF Document, 1 page)
- League Statement on Consolidating April and June Primary (3/25/2020) (PDF Document, 1 page)
- Voting Rights Groups Call on Governor and Legislature to Prepare for Voting Modifications During National Health Crisis (3/25/2020) (PDF Document, 4 pages)
- Visit the website of the NYS Board of Elections for the most up to date information on voting during the state of emergency
- How to Vote Via Absentee in New York State (YouTube Video)
- How Do I Vote By Absentee Ballot? Frequently Asked Questions For 2020 June Election (Updated 4/24/2020):
- Absentee Voting Information for all Counties in New York State
- New Texting Program: Text VoteNY to 474747 and receive up-to-date notices on changes for the June elections from the League, or complete form online to subscribe to alerts.
Managed Care Community of Practice – COVID-19 Resources & Guidance
“Mask Up America” Campaign
“New York Shares Message with Nation to Promote Mask Wearing and to Help Stop the Spread of the Virus”
MTA Service During the Coronavirus Pandemic
“We’re here to get you where you’re going as the New York region reopens. Remember that you’re required to wear a mask when you ride with us.”
To help avoid crowding on buses as New York City reopens, the myMTA app has added a feature to provide the real-time number of riders on any given bus line. To download the app:
Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children in New York State
This research articles offers an update on the Kawasaki Disease-like syndrome that has affected children in NYS. As of Friday, July 24, 2020, NYS has investigated 240 cases of the syndrome, also known as MIS-C. “The State Department of Health published a study of patients younger than 21 who met the criteria for MIS-C in the New England Journal of Medicine. One of the findings of the study is that the hyper-inflammatory syndrome is associated with cardiac dysfunction. Among the findings of the study are that the hyper-inflammatory syndrome is associated with cardiac dysfunction. The majority of the patients in the study had no documented underlying conditions” (SOURCE: NYS Coronavirus Update).
New York Alliance for Inclusion & Innovation – Coronavirus Resources
“The NY Alliance is continuing to monitor the Covid-19 crisis and provide information in real-time. If you are a NY Alliance member and would like to receive this information directly, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are not a member of the NY Alliance and would like to receive these updates, please email email@example.com to discuss options.”
New York Blood Center – Convalescent Plasma COVID-19 Donor Request Form
Online contact form
NYC Administration for Children’s Services – Novel Coronavirus/COVID-19 General Information
ACS Main Office Phone: (212) 341-0900
Outside NYC: (877) KIDSNYC (543-7692)
Online Contact Form or Other Contact Information
NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene COVID-19: Businesses and Other Facilities
“NYC guidance for businesses and other commercial and residential facilities”
New York City’s Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) – COVID-19 Resources for People with Disabilities
Voice Phone: (212) 788-2830
Video Phone: (646) 396-5830
MOPD COVID-19 Feedback Form
Accessible Virtual Meetings Guide (PDF Document Guide, 13 pages)
MOPD Virtual Activities Toolkit
NYC COVID-19 City-wide Information Portal
“3-1-1 is available online, by texting 311-692, or by calling 3-1-1 from within the City or 212-NEW-YORK outside the five boroughs. TTY service is also available by dialing 212-504-4115.”
NY’s Canals – Explore Upstate NY’s Canals
Take advantage of the beauty of New York’s canals and hiking trails this summer. Through Labor Day, the NYS Canal Corporation is promoting six hubs of canals and trail activity and celebrating local canalside businesses across Upstate NY. The program will offer free outdoor excursions by kayak and/or bike in Schenectady, Chittenango, Seneca Falls and Rochester.
NY Project Hope
“The Emotional Support Helpline was initially launched at the request of Governor Andrew Cuomo in response to the mental health needs of New Yorkers during the COVID-19 pandemic. It was originally manned by thousands of trained volunteers with a background in mental health, including licensed mental health professionals. The Helpline has now transitioned into NY Project Hope, the official Crisis Counseling Response, funded by the Federal Emergency Management Administration. It remains a program of the Office of Mental Health and is now staffed by trained crisis counselors.”
New York Public Library
New York State residents may open a free account at the New York Public Library, permitting users to check out ebooks and other electronic resources; How to Access the Library’s Digital Resources 24/7.
New York State Child Abuse Hotline
New York State COVID-19 Technology SWAT Team
“New York State is launching technology driven products with leading global tech companies to accelerate and amplify our response to COVID-19. We are looking for impactful solutions and skilled tech employees to help. Individuals from leading global technology companies are being deployed across high-impact and urgent coronavirus response activities.”
New York State – Domestic Violence Task Force
“Following a spike in domestic violence during the COVID pandemic, Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa announced the creation of a new task force to find innovative solutions to this crisis. The task force will identify solutions to help domestic violence survivors, with the specific goal of looking beyond the traditional ways that services have been provided in the past. The group will make recommendations by Thursday, May 28th.”
This executive order allows low-risk, outdoor recreational activities and businesses providing such activities to open in regions that have met the public health and safety metrics required for Phase 1. These include tennis, non-motorized boat use and rentals (such as kayaks and rowboats), and golf and driving ranges.
New York State – Getting Involved: How You Can Help
“New York State is doing all it can to keep New Yorkers safe and stop the spread of COVID-19. But we’re stronger if we all work together. Governor Cuomo is calling on health care professionals, schools of public health or medicine and PPE products providers and manufacturers to come forward to support the state’s response. It’s going to be hard, it’s going to be disruptive, but we will get through this together.”
New York State – Interfaith Advisory Council
Starting May 21st, religious gatherings of no more than 10 people will be allowed statewide. Social distancing measures must be enforced and all participants must wear masks. Additionally, drive-in and parking lot services will be permitted. The state is convening an Interfaith Advisory Council to discuss proposals to safely bring back religious services. A list of council members (PDF Document, 3 pages) has been released.
New York State – New York Forward
“Governor Cuomo outlined a plan to reopen New York State. Our plan focuses on getting people back to work and easing social isolation without triggering renewed spread of the virus or overwhelming the hospital system. New York will reopen on a regional basis as each region meets the criteria necessary to protect public health as businesses reopen. New York State remains on PAUSE through May 15.”
- Early Warning Monitoring Dashboard – “The dashboard allows New Yorkers to see for themselves all of the state’s data tracking new infections and their severity, hospital capacity by region and other metrics. The early warning system dashboard was developed in consultation with internationally-known experts who have been advising New York State.”
- Child Care Expansion Incentive program – “$65 million in federal CARES Act funding is available for child care providers statewide through the New York Forward Child Care Expansion Incentive program.” Child care providers can apply by contacting the OCFS.
- Individuals can file complaints regarding the operation of businesses or gatherings 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through an online form or by calling 1-833-789-0470. (Note: Specific complaints from employees against their employers should be directed to the Department of Labor through their online form.
- Industries Reopening by Phase
- Know Your Rights as an Employee
- New York Forward Business Reopening Lookup Tool – Businesses can business owners can use this tool to discover if they are eligible to reopen
- NY Forward: A Guide to Reopening New York & Building Back Better (PDF Document, 51 pages) “Governor Cuomo outlined a plan to reopen New York State. Our plan focuses on getting people back to work and easing social isolation without triggering renewed spread of the virus or overwhelming the hospital system.”
- Percentage Positive Results By Region Dashboard – This dashboard shares the total daily number of COVID-19 tests conducted, and of those tests, how many were positive each day.
- Phase One Guidance
- Phase Two Guidance
- Phase Three Guidance
- Phase Four Guidance
- Regional Monitoring Dashboard – provides a region by region status, including Daily Hospitalization Summary by Region, COVID-19 Tracker, and a Regional Breakdown Map
New York State of Health – The Official Health Plan Marketplace
“The state is extending the special open enrollment period in the New York State of Health Plan Marketplace to August 15, 2020.“
New York State – Sign Up For Coronavirus Updates – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
Contact Gov. Cuomo
New York State Association of County Health Officials – Contact Your County Health Office
New York State Bar Association – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Center
New York State Bar Association – COVID-19 Pro Bono Network
“New York State needs the help of attorneys to handle a surge in legal matters resulting from the coronavirus pandemic and ensuing economic fallout. For additional information please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.”
New York State Child Abuse Hotline
- Bengali Translation (PDF Document, 3 pages)
- Chinese Translation (PDF Document 2 pages)
- Haitian-Creole Translation (PDF Document, 2 pages)
- Korean Translation (PDF Document, 2 pages)
- Russian Translation (PDF Document, 3 pages)
- Spanish Translation (PDF Document, 2 pages)
- “New York State is accepting applications for contact tracers. Serve your state and help slow the spread. Applicants are being sought for the role of contact tracer, team supervisor and community support specialist.”
- Apply to be a Contact Tracer: “Reach out to the contacts of anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 to assess symptoms, ensure compliance with quarantine and determine social support needs”
- Apply to be a Contact Tracer Team Supervisor: “Lead a team of 20 Contact Tracers, and one Community Support Specialist who are working remotely using digital tools”
- Apply to be a Community Support Specialist: “Work with the team to address the support needs of those who are contacts, especially those who are under Isolation or Quarantine”
- While there is an immediate focus on COVID-19, preparations need to be made for flu season in the fall. More than $30 million in grants was awarded to counties, allowing them to enhance COVID-19 contact tracing and flu prevention in advance of the fall flu season. The upcoming flu season is expected to add stress to both contact tracing and testing infrastructure; these funds will allow counties to prepare accordingly. A list of funding by county is available online.
- Bengali Translation of Press Release (PDF Document, 3 pages)
- Chinese Translation of Press Release (PDF Document, 2 pages)
- Haitian-Creole Translation of Press Release (PDF Document, 2 pages)
- Korean Translation of Press Release (PDF Document, 2 pages)
- Russian Translation of Press Release (PDF Document, 2 pages)
- Spanish Translation of Press Release (PDF Document, 2 pages)
- New York State COVID-19 Maternity Task Force – Recommendations to the Governor to Promote Increased Choice and Access to Safe Maternity Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic (PDF Document, 6 pages)
New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets – Interim Guidance for “Feeding New York” by Holding a Charitable Food Donation Drive-through Event to Provide Food to Communities During The COVID-19 Public Health Emergency April 28, 2020 (PDF Document, 2 pages)
- Funding Will Be Distributed Regionally to Food Banks and Emergency Food Providers Based on Need
- Food Banks Will Use Funding for Drive-Through Food Distribution Events, Voucher Programs at Grocery Stores, and the Direct Purchase of Products From New York Producers and Processors
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation – Adventure NY
“The Department of Environmental Conservation is hosting a virtual series called Adventure at Home, designed to help New Yorkers find ways to take advantage of outdoor recreational activities in their own communities.”
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation – NY’s Outdoors Are Open
#RecreateLocal – Safely and Responsibly
“New York State is encouraging people to engage in responsible recreation during the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis. New York State DEC and State Parks recommendations for getting outside safely incorporate guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New York State Department of Health for reducing the spread of infectious diseases.”
- Visitors are encouraged to use the hashtags #RecreateResponsibly and #RecreateLocal on social media to share their visit and encourage others to get outside safely, responsibly, and locally, too.
- Use the DECinfo Locator to find a DEC-managed resource near you
- Visit the State Parks website for information about parks and park closures
- Social Distancing Flyer – English (PDF Document, 1 page)
- Social Distancing Flyer – Spanish (PDF Document, 1 page)
- Effective 5-1-2020: The Governor has announced that the State Department of Financial Services will require New York State-regulated health insurers to waive cost-sharing, including deductibles, copayments and coinsurance, for in-network mental health services for New York’s frontline essential workers during COVID-19. DFS will also issue an emergency regulation to prohibit insurers from imposing cost-sharing for telehealth and in-person mental health services rendered by in-network providers on an outpatient basis to frontline essential workers eligible to be tested at one of the State’s drive through or walk-in COVID-19 testing sites. (SOURCE: Governor’s Press Office)
- If you have a general question about coverage for Coronavirus (COVID-19) send an email to email@example.com.
- If you have a problem with an existing account or insurance policy, use our online Consumer Complaint form to file a complaint about a product, service, or institution that we supervise. You can also check the status of a complaint, or add information to an existing complaint.
- Effective 5-7-2020: The state’s moratorium on COVID-related residential and commercial evictions will be extended until August 20. New York is also banning fees for late or missed payments during the eviction moratorium. Renters facing financial hardship due to COVID-19 are also allowed to use their security deposit as payment and repay their security deposit over time.
- The State Department of Financial Services will issue an emergency regulation to help businesses and consumers who suffered damage from looting and vandalism. DFS is directing insurers to expedite claims, provide free mediation of disputes and accept photos as reasonable proof of loss so businesses don’t have to wait for police reports. More information is available at dfs.ny.gov.
- Effective 6-19-2020: The New York State Department of Financial Services has reached an agreement with credit reporting agencies to provide free credit reports to consumers and help reduce negative consumer credit reporting. This agreement will help New York consumers facing hardship caused by COVID-19 to avoid unjustified negative impacts on their credit reports. DFS also urges New York State-regulated financial institutions to furnish credit information in ways that minimizes negative impacts on consumers.
New York State Department of Health Announces Resumption of Limited Visitation to Nursing Homes
Visits Limited to 2 People per Resident; Temperature Checks, PPE, Social Distancing Required; Resumes Ombudsman Program in all Nursing Homes; Ombudsmen Must Test Negative Within Last Week, Wear PPE, Undergo Temperature Checks
- Health Advisory: Skilled Nursing Facility Visitation (PDF Document – 4 pages)
- Health Advisory: COVID-19 Cases in Nursing Homes and Adult Care Facilities – Revised 7/10/2020 (PDF Document, 3 pages)
- Health Advisory: Visitation in Adult Care Facilities (PDF Document, 3 pages)
- Health Advisory: Pediatric Skilled Nursing Facility Visitation (PDF Document, 4 pages)
New York State Department of Health Bureau of Early Intervention – COVID-19 Guidance
- New York State Department of Health Bureau of Early Intervention Guidance to Early Intervention Providers Regarding Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Revised 04.01.2020 (PDF Document, 3 pages)
- NYS Early Intervention Program Consent For The Use Of Telehealth During Declared State of Emergency For COVID-19 – Revised 04.01.2020 (PDF Document, 1 page)
- Frequently Asked Questions Related to Virtual Early Intervention Visits During COVID-19 Declared State of Emergency (Questions 1-22) – Revised 04.01.2020 (PDF Document, 4 pages)
- Frequently Asked Questions Related to Virtual Early Intervention Visits During COVID-19 Declared State of Emergency (Questions 23-37) – New 04.01.2020 (PDF Document, 7 pages)
New York State Department of Health Bureau of Early Intervention – Early Intervention Steps: A Parent’s Basic Guide to the Early Intervention Program (PDF Document, 28 pages is an online publication that provides more detailed information about the Early Intervention Program. Resources available in this booklet include tips for being an effective parent advocate, a checklist of important evaluation information, and sample letters to help parents exercise their due process rights. The booklet is available at: www.nyhealth.gov/publications/0532/index.htm in English and the following languages:
- Arabic (PDF Document, 28 pages)
- Bengali (PDF Document, 28 pages)
- Chinese (PDF Document, 28 pages)
- French (PDF Document, 28 pages)
- Greek (PDF Document, 28 pages)
- Haitian Creole (PDF Document, 28 pages)
- Hmong (PDF Document, 28 pages)
- Italian (PDF Document, 28 pages)
- Japanese (PDF Document, 28 pages)
- Khmer (PDF Document, 28 pages)
- Korean (PDF Document, 28 pages)
- Laotian (PDF Document, 28 pages)
- Punjabi (PDF Document, 28 pages)
- Russian (PDF Document, 28 pages)
- Spanish (PDF Document, 28 pages)
- Vietnamese (PDF Document, 28 pages)
- Yiddish (PDF Document, 28 pages)
New York State Department of Health – COVID-19 Tracker
New York State Department of Health – Disability and Health
Public Health Duty Officer Helpline 1-866-881-2809 (Use this number nights and weekends for public health emergencies, including communicable disease reports)
Department of Health Contacts (includes other phone numbers and helplines)
New York State Department of Health – Find Your Regional Food Bank
This map-based web page will assist you to find the regional food bank distributing food within Emergency Food Relief Organizations (EFROs); it is also recommended to visit this listing by county for other potential food sources.
Any philanthropies that would like to help the state’s food banks are asked to email COVIDPhilanthropies@exec.ny.gov.
New York State Department of Health – Health Advisory: Pediatric Multi-system Inflammatory Syndrome Temporally Associated with Covid-19 Interim Case Definition In New York State (PDF Document, 2 pages)
New York State Department of Health – Health and Related Professionals Survey
NYS is requesting the assistance of additional qualified health and related professionals to temporarily supplement existing personnel to support less acute patients and provide support services.
New York State Department of Health – Home and Community-Based Services Regarding COVID-19 (Update) (PDF Document, 4 pages)
This document provides agencies and organizations with information about home and community-based services as it relates to COVID-19, and provides updates to the March 16, 2020 guidance titled “Interim Guidance for Home Care Services Regarding COVID-19″ (PDF Document, 3 pages).
New York State Department of Health – Novel Coronavirus
- Ask New York State Government Any Questions You Have About COVID-19
- Childhood Inflammatory Disease Related to COVID-19
- Department of Health Contacts (includes other phone numbers and helplines)
- Donate Blood – Due to Coronavirus, there is a shortage of blood and blood donations are desperately needed. New York State is working with blood banks to ensure safe social distancing protocols are being followed. Learn how and where you can donate.
- Get Involved: How You Can Help
- Public Health Duty Officer Helpline 1-866-881-2809 (Use this number nights and weekends for public health emergencies, including communicable disease reports.)
- Wear A Mask New York Ad Contest – Watch the winning video to be used for NYS public service announcements.
New York State Department of Health – Novel Coronavirus – Food Pantries
This is a listing by county to find potential food sources; it is also recommended to visit this map-based web page to find your regional food bank distributing food within Emergency Food Relief Organizations (EFROs).
- Ask New York State Government Any Questions You Have About COVID-19
- Call the COVID-19 Hotline: 1-888-364-3065
- Find a Test Site Near You
- Online assessment if you are concerned about COVID-19
- Updated Interim Guidance: Protocol for COVID-19 Testing Applicable to All Health Care Providers and Local Health Departments – Updated 4-26-2020
New York State Department of Health – Third Party Testing Aid Vetting Questionnaire
“This questionnaire is for third parties offering goods and services to aid the State of New York’s testing capacity.”
New York State Department of Health – Updated Interim Guidance: Protocol for COVID-19 Testing Applicable to All Health Care Providers and Local Health Departments – Updated 4-26-2020 (PDF Document, 3 pages)
New York State Department of Health – Traveler Health Form
A travel enforcement program commenced July 14th at airports across the state to help ensure travelers are following quarantine protocols. Enforcement teams will be stationed at airports to ensure compliance with the mandatory State Department of Health traveler form, which is being distributed by airlines to passengers flying to New York State. Travelers who fail to provide their contact information will receive a summons with a $2,000 fine.
New York State Department of Health – WIC Program – COVID-19 Update
New York State Department of Labor – Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Program
NYS has launched a new unemployment program titled Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) which provides unemployment benefits for individuals who are ineligible for traditional unemployment insurance.
- Fact Sheet on Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PDF Document, 1 page)–gives details on who qualifies and how to apply; this fact sheet is also available in the following languages:
- Visit the Unemployment Insurance Benefits page to apply; the NYS unemployment application has been updated so New Yorkers can apply for Unemployment Insurance or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.
- If you cannot apply online, you can apply online by calling 1-888-209-8124
New York State Education Department – Continuity of Learning: Technology Options
General Information: (518) 474-3852
Frequently Requested Contact Information
New York State Education Department – Coronavirus (COVID-19)
General Information: (518) 474-3852
Frequently Requested Contact Information
The Board of Regents and the New York State Education Department (NYSED) are providing information and guidance for P-12 schools, colleges and universities, licensed professionals, adult education programs, and NYSED employees in response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
New York State Education Department – Provision of Services to Students with Disabilities During Statewide School Closures Due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak in New York State
“The Board of Regents and the New York State Education Department (NYSED) continue to work with our partners at the state, local, and federal levels to keep school leaders, educators and parents/guardians informed as the Coronavirus pandemic evolves. The Office of Special Education is providing the following Covid-19 related guidance specific to students with disabilities.”
- General Information: (518) 474-3852
- Frequently Requested Contact Information
- Provision of Services to Students with Disabilities During Statewide School Closures Due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak in New York State (PDF Document, 11 pages)
- Register to Receive Information on Services for Students with Disabilities – “You can receive notification by electronic mail of the latest memoranda and other technical assistance documents available on the Special Education website.”
- Supplement #1 – Provision of Services to Students with Disabilities During Statewide School Closures Due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak in New York State – Additional Questions and Answers (April 27, 2020) (PDF Document, 12 pages) – “The New York State Education Department recognizes the unprecedented challenges school districts face in ensuring students with disabilities receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE) during this extreme health and safety crisis. As Statewide school closures continue during the Coronavirus outbreak, the Department remains committed to providing ongoing, updated guidance to parents, families, and school district staff on the provision of services to students with disabilities. This memorandum is a supplement to the March 27, 2020 guidance on the Provision of Services to Students with Disabilities During Statewide School Closures Due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak in New York State and Question and Answer Document.”
- Supplement #2 – Provision of Services to Students with Disabilities During Statewide School Closures Due To Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak In New York State (PDF Document, 6 pages) – “Supplement # 2 provides considerations for Committees on Preschool Special Education and Committees on Special Education when making recommendations for extended school year services; revisions to individualized education programs to ensure the continued provision of a free appropriate public education due to a student’s changing needs; and compensatory services”
- Supplement #3 – Provision of Services to Students with Disabilities During Statewide School Closures Due To Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) Outbreak In New York State (PDF Document, 7 pages) – “Supplement # 3 provides information regarding Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.37 which indicates that special education services and instruction required under federal, State or local laws, rules, or regulations, may be provided in person for the summer term in school districts.”
New York State Education Department – Recovering, Rebuilding, and Renewing: The Spirit of New York’s Schools – Reopening Guidance
“This section of the NYSED website provides guidance to schools and districts with the flexibility they will need to develop and implement creative solutions to their unique, local circumstances. It describes the reopening actions schools must take and recommended best practices to be considered.”
- Guidance for Determining Whether a Business Enterprise is Subject to a Workforce Reduction Under Recent Executive Orders (enacted to address the COVID-19 Outbreak)
- Frequently Asked Questions for Determining Whether A Business Is Subject To A Workforce Reduction Under Recent Executive Order Enacted To Address COVID-19 Outbreak (PDF Document, 4 pages)
New York State Health Foundation – COVID-19 Resources for Nonprofits and Community-Based Organizations
- Effective 7/16/2020, renters impacted by the pandemic can apply to a new COVID Rental Assistance Program. The program will provide direct aid for tenants who lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic and is funded through the Coronavirus Relief Fund, which is part of the CARES Act.
- Please note the application period will be open through July 30. This program is not providing assistance on a first come, first served basis.
- HCR has created a dedicated call center to provide residents with help Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. Call the COVID Rent Relief Program Call Center at 1-833-499-0318 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you are unsafe at home, contact the NYS Domestic & Sexual Violence hotline at 800.942.6906
New York State Independent Living Council, Inc. (NYSILC) – Critical Needs Survey
“This survey will assess the critical needs faced by New Yorkers with disabilities as impacted by the coronavirus. Collective survey results will better inform the public and providers of changing situations that may impact services. If you have any questions about the survey, contact us through NYSILC’s contact form or call (518) 427-1060 and leave a voicemail message. If you experience any difficulty accessing or completing the survey, contact us at the information provided above and we will assist you. We have a Word version of the survey available, with instructions, for anyone who has difficulty navigating Survey Monkey.”
New York State Multiple Systems Navigator
“Access health, education, human service and disability information on one easy website. Information on supports from multiple child and family serving systems. Developed by the Council on Children and Families and Funded by the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council.”
New York State of Health Marketplace
“The state is extending the special open enrollment period in the New York State of Health Plan Marketplace for an additional 30 days through July 15.” Empire Plan, Medicaid and Child Health Plus are continuous enrollment.
A NY State of Mind (Headspace)
Free mental health resources are available from Headspace. The company Headspace is offering free meditation and mindfulness exercises to educators, health care professionals, and New Yorkers who are out of work. (If you are unemployed, you can get a free one-year subscription to the Headspace app). Free curated content available for all New Yorkers continues to be available at headspace.com/ny.
- Headspace for Educators
- Health Care Professionals – US healthcare professionals who work in public health settings can freely access Headspace Plus through 2020
- New Yorkers Who are Out of Work
New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities: Our Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
General Information – (866) 946-9733
Information Request or Complaint Form
- COVID-19 Guidance Documents – “In the interest of containing the spread of COVID-19, OPWDD has provided our staff and providers with numerous sets of guidance related to visitation and site visits, the delivery of telehealth and other essential services, and infection control.”
- COVID-19 In Plain Language (PDF Document, 1 page)
- COVID-19 PROCEDURES AND PRACTICES (PDF Document, 1 page)
- Health Advisory: COVID-19 Updated Guidance for Hospital Operators Regarding Visitation (updated April 10, 2020; PDF Document, 3 pages)
- Interim Guidance on Home Visits, Community Outings, Day Services and Return to Residences After Extended Home Visits
“OPWDD is pleased to announce that guidance has been released, and posted on the OPWDD website, which provides guidelines to providers and family members allowing the resumption of home visits, community outings and day services, as well as returning to residential settings following extended home visits. The guidelines will be effective July 15, 2020 for regions of the State that have entered into Phase Four in accordance with the New York Forward Reopening Plan.”
- Home Visits for Individuals Residing in OPWDD Certified Residential Facilities (PDF Document, 3 pages)
- Interim Guidance Regarding Community Outings for Individuals Residing in OPWDD Certified Residential Facilities (PDF Document, 3 pages)
- Interim Guidance Regarding the Reopening of Day Services Certified by the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities – updated 7-16-2020 (PDF Document, 11 pages)
- Reintroduction of Individuals to Certified Residences After Extended Home Visits (PDF Document, 2 pages)
- Revised Staff Guidance for the Management of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Facilities or Programs Operated and/or Certified by the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (revised April 10, 2020; PDF Document, 9 pages)
- For the hotline number of your local domestic violence program, call the New York State Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline at 1-800-942-6906, English & Español/Multi-language Accessibility.
- Deaf or Hard of Hearing: 7-1-1
- In NYC: 1-800-621-HOPE (4673) or dial 3-1-1 TDD: 1-800-810-7444
- For a listing of domestic violence hotlines by county, visit the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence – New York State Domestic Violence Program Directory.
- “NYS launched a new texting program and confidential service to help New Yorkers experiencing domestic violence. Unfortunately, there has been a rise in domestic violence reports during this pandemic. Abuse victims are often closely watched by their abuser, making these tools needed. We want you to know: You are not alone and you do not have to stay in a dangerous situation. We will help you. Text 844-997-2121 or visit www.opdv.ny.gov to confidentially chat with a professional at any time of day or night.”
New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports – Resources for Individuals and Families
“Information on accessing addiction services amid the COVID-19 pandemic.”
New York State Office of the Attorney General – Guidance on Coronavirus Resources and Warnings about Consumer Scams
General Helpline: 1-800-771-7755
TDD/TTY Toll Free Line: 1-800-788-9898
Healthcare Hotline: 1-800-428-9071
Medicaid Fraud Control Unit: (212) 417-5397
New York State Office of Mental Health – COVID-19 Resources
- Call 9-1-1.
- Go to a Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP).
- Go to the emergency room at your local hospital.
- Crisis Text Line: New York State has partnered with Crisis Text Line, an anonymous texting service available 24/7. Starting a conversation is easy. Text GoT5 to 741-741; the Governor also recently announced the state is partnering with the Kate Spade New York Foundation and Crisis Text Line to provide a 24/7 emotional support service for frontline health care workers. Workers can text NYFRONTLINE to 741-741 to access these emotional support services.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: If your life or someone else’s is in imminent danger, please call 9-1-1. If you are in crisis and need immediate help, please call: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- Domestic Violence: If you or someone else is in a relationship is being controlled by another individual through verbal, physical, or sexual abuse, or other tactics, please call: 1-800-942-6906
- Suicide Prevention If your life or someone else’s is in imminent danger, please call 9-1-1. If you are in crisis and need immediate help, please call (800) 273-8255, 24/7.
New York State Office of Mental Health – Emotional Support Helpline
The Emotional Support Helpline provides free and confidential support, helping callers experiencing increased anxiety due to the coronavirus emergency. Staffed by volunteers, including mental health professionals, who have received training in crisis counseling, the helpline will accept calls daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
New York State Office of Mental Health – Mental Health Program Directory
“The Full Directory allows Users to search programs by County, City, Program Category, and Program Subcategory.”
New York State Parent Portal – Coronavirus – Resources for Parents
“Parenting tips, activities and information on how to talk to your children about the Coronavirus.”
- “COVID-19 UPDATE: New York State Parks are currently open. If you plan on visiting, please wear a face covering and maintain safe social distance. Park density limits are in effect, so have an alternate plan ready in case the park you are visiting reaches capacity.” Visit parks.ny.gov for Park Capacity Alerts
- Parks Explorer App – “The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has launched a mobile app to provide visitors and prospective visitors helpful information about the variety of destinations, activities and adventures available throughout the Empire State’s state parks and historic sites”
- State Parks with outdoor pools
New York State Senator Thomas O’Mara’s “One-Stop Webpage” to Access COVID-19 Information
Albany Office: (518) 455-2091
District Office: (607) 735-9671
Satellite Office: (607) 776-3201
The New York Times
Sign up to read articles and/or to access a newsletter about the coronavirus for free.
New York University Center for Disability Studies – Disability Justice and COVID-19 Resources
NYU CDS has compiled disability justice resources for nondiscrimination in education and healthcare during the COVID-19 crisis.
Niagara University First Responders Disability Awareness Training – COVID-19 Resources
“We are the nation’s premier training program and resource for first responders to best serve & respond to individuals with disabilities”
Join their weekly email list, as they share many timely events and resources on COVID-19 for first-responders.
Parent to Parent of New York State
(518) 381-4350 or 1-800-305-8817
- Caregiver Connections—New Virtual Parent/Family Support Meetings will be hosted via Zoom (for more information or if you have questions, please email: email@example.com)
- Text4Caregivers—free support service distributing timely and relevant self-care and stress-management support for family caregivers through text messaging. Subscribe in either English or Spanish.
- Several more webinars have been scheduled for April and May. Visit the Statewide Events section of the Parent to Parent website for more information and to register.
Preparing Individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities for Medical Treatment at Hospitals – Form for NYS [PLEASE NOTE: The information and forms on this website are for general informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as a basis for any medical, legal or business decision. Any reliance placed on such information shall be at the user’s own risk].
Project Access for All – Community Survey on How COVID-19 is Impacting the Arts and Education in New York City
“Project Access coordinated by Art Beyond Sight is requesting your participation in monitoring the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the arts and education field. We value your input and will use it to create public awareness and guide policy, resources, and program development for dance makers and organizations based in the metropolitan New York City area.”
Queens Public Library – #QueensCOVID
“The Queens Memory COVID-19 Project is making a lasting record of how we are living, working, learning, and helping one another in Queens during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through first-person stories, it captures the state of mind and reality we are experiencing from one day to the next. This selection includes contributions from the first weeks of citywide shutdown.”
Self-Advocacy Association of New York State (SANYS)
(518) 382-1454 (general inquiries)
Find Your Regional Office
Special Education Task Force – Virtual Training: Coping with the Challenges of Remote Learning: Maintaining Social Relationships, Reducing Trauma, and Building Resiliency
“COVID-19 has flipped everyone’s world upside down. For parents, teachers, and school administrators, it can be difficulty adjusting to the “new normal” of remote learning. Please join us to learn about how school districts, large and small, are adjusting to support their students with disabilities, tips and techniques for parents to help their child keep up on remote assignments, resources for students, parents, and district staff to support and supplement remote learning, and how to blend resiliency characteristics into academic lessons and conversations.”
Spectrum Internet Assist
“Get high-speed internet at an affordable price. Spectrum Internet Assist is available exclusively to qualified households.”
Download their application or contact your local provider to see if you qualify:
State of New York Unified Court System – Memorandum on Updated Protocols, March 15, 2020 (PDF Document, 9 pages)
“In light of further recent developments in the coronavirus public health emergency in New York State, please be advised of the following updated operational protocols for the trial courts of the Unified Court System, as well as all other UCS offices.”
Tech Kids Unlimited (TKU) – Free Virtual Parent Talks
“Tech Kids Unlimited (TKU) is a NYC-based not-for-profit organization that teaches computer science thinking and technology to kids who learn differently.”
There are also many online resources available for educators, parents, and disabled teens.
United for Brownsville (UB) – Brooklyn COVID-19 & Community Resource Guide
Verizon – Lifeline Discount Program
Qualifications for the Lifeline discount program vary by state and region. Only eligible customers may enroll (there are specific income and other qualifications that need to be met for this program). Due to COVID-19 there are many self-installation and technician assisted options, or you can schedule to have a technician come into your home at a later date when it is safe. Contact Verizon for set up availability in your area.
Wash Your Hands Song: 20 Seconds or More (YouTube video)
“New York State and Hip Hop Public Health have partnered together to remind you to wash your hands for ‘20 Seconds or More.’ In collaboration with DJ Doug E. Fresh and a crew of hip hop legends, Hip Hop Public Health has created a fun educational video teaching New Yorkers how to stay safe and stop the spread of Coronavirus.” Watch the video and learn more about the campaign.
Wear a Mask
New Yorkers were asked to help communicate why it is so important to wear a mask to stop the spread of coronavirus. More than 600 submissions were collected from New Yorkers across the state as part of the “Wear a Mask New York Ad Contest.” New Yorkers are being asked to choose their favorite from the five finalists included online. Voting closes May 25th. Winners will be announced May 26th.