Comcast is taking steps to make it easier for low-income families to connect and access home Internet. New Internet Essentials customers will receive two free months of Internet service if they apply by April 30, 2020. Learn more here.
During COVID-19, The Share Food Program is working hard with it partners to make sure Philadelphians have continued access to food. For more information, click here.
If you are employed in Pennsylvania and are unable to work because of COVID-19, you may be eligible for Unemployment or Workers’ Compensation benefits. Learn more here.
The Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights has offered guidance around safeguards against disability discrimination during COVID-19. Learn more here.
Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) is suspending non-payment terminations and waiving new late payment charges until further notice. Learn more here.
This website provides information about communication supports for children and adults with complex communication needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more here.
Select Philadelphia Recreation Centers and schools are functioning as meal sites. Only meals will be provided during that time. There will be no structured activities. Learn more here.
AID in PA is a resource channel for individuals on the spectrum, with intellectual disabilities, and their caregivers/families. The ASERT Collaborative and Health Care Quality Units (HCQU) are collaborating to create resources, videos and other helpful content which will be available daily. Learn more here.
ASERT has put together some resources for individuals on the spectrum and their caregivers/families, relating to the current Coronavirus outbreak. Learn more here.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute Autism Team has created a COVID-19 toolkit to help support individuals on the spectrum through these uncertain times. The toolkit highlights 7 support strategies and gives lots of examples and resources to help caregivers implement these strategies. Learn more here.
As we move into a modified green phase, life continues to shift and change. Finances are tight for many and stress of the unknown is real. The information below highlights resources for family safety, financial and emotional well-being, and early childhood education. Learn more here.
Get updates from the Office of Developmental Programs regarding COVID-19 and access to individual, family and provider resources here.
Join families and individuals with disabilities through April to discuss the current impact of the Coronavirus. This is an opportunity to share questions and concerns, as well as get the latest updates from the PA Family Network. Learn more about the series here.
The Statewide Support & Referral Helpline is staffed by skilled and compassionate staff that are available 24/7 to respond to those struggling with anxiety and other challenging emotions due to the COVID-19 emergency. Learn more here.
Self-Advocates United as 1 (SAU1) is holding conference calls to share information, resources and provide a forum for people to discuss concerns regarding COVID-19. Join any or all of the calls by computer at https://zoom.us/j/624794330 Or by phone: dial (646)876-9923, then meeting ID: 624 794 330#. Call 724 588 238 or email Rita@sau1.org to get the meeting password. Learn more about the calls here.
The Free Library has an amazing online collection. You can listen to music, podcasts, read books, and more
Families CCAN is hosting online cooking sessions via zoom. Sessions will be held on Tuesdays at 4:30pm. Learn more here.
Special Olympics PA is hosting a daily virtual workout program that athletes, partners and coachers can do together! Learn more here.
Out-of-School Time (OST) is the time that a child or youth spends outside of the traditional school day. In Philadelphia, OST programs are provided for young people in grades pre-K through 12. This webpage lists the resources available. Learn more here.
The School District of Philadelphia has set up a number of online resources for students and their guardians to use during this time. Learn more here.
This resource provides an overview of the supports offered from multilingual staff during digital learning. Learn more here.
This resource outlines resources offered by the Office of Innovation and Technology (OIT) and how to access them. Learn more here.
This resource outlines resources offered by the Office of Children and Families (OCF), fall programming opportunities and how to access them. Learn more here.
This blog post from Tamra Williams, Ph.D. the Deputy Chief Clinical Officer of Children’s Services at Community Behavioral Health outlines strategies for supporting children during COVID-19. Learn more here.
Access Centers provide Philadelphia’s most vulnerable students with a safe place for digital learning when caregivers work outside the home and have no childcare supports. Learn more here.
The Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) is a single point-of-contact for families, early learning providers and communities. The ELRC for Region 18 provides a single point-of-contact for families, early learning service providers and communities to gain information and access services that support high quality child care and early learning programs. Contact them here or call their hotline at 1-888-461-KIDS (5437). Learn more here.
This resource, developed by ASERT, provides information about Special Education laws and how they apply to school shutdowns and home schooling as a result of COVID-19. Learn more here.
The PEAL Center helps families and individuals with disabilities and special health care needs using a variety of strategies. PEAL offers services in six areas: outreach, individual assistance, resources, trainings, leadership development, and partnerships. Learn more here.
This section was developed to provide Resources and Supports for Educators, Families, and Students during the COVID-19 situation. These supports are provided at no cost via the Bureau of Special Education, Pennsylvania Department of Education. Learn more here.
This webpage offers resources for families and general educators who may be supporting a student with complex needs during virtual learning. Learn more here.