MESSAGE FROM AUTISM SOCIETY OF MAHONING VALLEY
Our board is following state and county guidelines and therefore has cancelled all events through July 1, 2020. We will have at least one virtual program a month and are open to others if parents are interested. In April we had a virtual Moms Night Out and talked about resources including special needs education and stress during this time. In May, we started a virtual autism book club. We will talk via zoom on May 20th to discuss this month’s book. We will continue the book club if there is enough interest. We are hoping to have Camp FRIEND in late July and/or August based on COVID and our grantors.
We want you to know that as always, we are committed to supporting you. These months have been trying for all families in the Mahoning Valley and beyond, but as we know, it will be more challenging for individuals and families living with autism because of the change in routine and disruption of planned activities.
Our Help Line remains open at 330-333-9609. If you don’t reach us, please leave us a voicemail or send us an email to discuss or to schedule a time for one of our volunteers to talk with you. Our email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow our Facebook page at facebook.com/autismmv/ as we continue to post resources and inspiration for our families.
We encourage you to be careful, rely on reputable sources for information, and review your disaster and disruption preparedness plans.
We are here to support you and just to listen.
Stay well. The Autism Society of Mahoning Valley Board
CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION SERIES with Autism Society of America
Join ASA each week for the “Autism Society: Coronavirus Information Series“, a weekly Facebook Live event that addresses the added COVID-19 challenges for the autism community including, mental health, emergency funding, and financial planning. PART 1 (Recorded) Kim Musheno, Vice President of Public Policy, discussed the Families First Act and how it affects the autism community. PART 2 (Recorded)Supporting Individuals on the Autism Spectrum with Co-Occurring Mental Health ChallengesPART 3 (Recorded)
Continuing School Work & Education At Home
OHIO FACTS & RESOURCES
Get real-time information about Coronavirus in Ohio from Governor Mike DeWine and ODH Director Acton on the Ohio WEBSITE HERE
Information on Education in Ohio
The Ohio Department of Education’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) web page provides information and resources regarding the ordered school-building closure including an FAQ Document that is updated regularly.
Meals through Your School
Refer to the map and map site key for available meal service in your area. Contact your school or district for details about their meal programs.
Questions? Call the Ohio Department of Health Call Center at 833-4-ASK-ODH from 9 am to 8 pm every day.
COVID-19 & THE DISABILITY COMMUNITY
Disaster Preparedness Tips by the Autism Society
Q&A On Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During COVID-19
Keep up-to-date with news from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities
Plain Language Facts about COVID-19 and Coronavirus Created by Green Mountain Self-Advocates in Vermont
AuSM Guide to Managing Self-Quarantine and Social Distancing
This AuSM guide is a resource to support adults with autism through these unpredictable days.
University of North Carolina: COVID-19 Toolkit
Free resources for supporting youth with ASD during uncertain times; includes COVID-19 social narratives, hand washing task analysis, and calming strategies.
Autism Society of America COVID-19 Toolkit
Resources include information on mental health and respite, modifying routines, lifestyle supports, education, public policy, and more.
Mental health supports and resources as you teach and help your children through this crisis.
COVID-19 TOOLKIT BY TOPIC
Some Helpful Links
How it Spreads
Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities
What to do if You are Sick
How to Protect Yourself
Best Practices in Handwashing
Prevention for Older Adults or Those With Underlying Conditions
DIY Mask Instructions
Call your doctor: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.