COVID-19 Resources

The Philadelphia Autism Project has compiled information and resources related to COVID-19. Some resources are specifically created for individuals on the spectrum and their families/caregivers, while others may be helpful for all Philadelphians. If you are looking for a particular resource which is not on this list or would like to add resources to this list, please contact phillyap@drexel.edu.

COVID19

Share Food Program

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

AID in PA

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. 

2020 General Primary

If you plan to vote by absentee or mail-in ballot in the 2020 general primary, your completed application must be received in the county office by 5pm on May 26th, 2020. Request a mail-in ballot here.

2020 Census

The 2020 Census will determine how much money communities receive for the critical resources that children and families will depend on for the next 10 years! Do your part by completing your 2020 Census form to make sure every person living in your home is counted. Complete your questionnaire online, by phone, or by mail. More information is available at 2020census.gov

PA Statewide Support and Referral Helpline

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.

Safeguard Against Disability Discrimination During COVID-19

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.

COVID-19 Health and Safety Guide

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 Free Library of Philadelphia

The Free Library has an amazing online collection. You can listen to music, podcasts, read books, and more

Families CCAN Online Cooking Sessions

Families CCAN is hosting online cooking sessions via zoom. Sessions will be held on Tuesdays at 4:30pm. Learn more here.

Special Olympics PA

Special Olympics PA is hosting a daily virtual workout program that athletes, partners and coachers can do together! Learn more here.

Office of Developmental Programs

Get updates from the Office of Developmental Programs regarding COVID-19 and access to individual, family and provider resources here.

Self-Advocates United as 1 (SAU1)

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. You can join the calls by computer at https://zoom.us/j/624794330 or by phone: dial (646) 876-9923, then your meeting ID: 624 794 330 #. Learn more about the calls here.

The PA Family Network Zoom Meeting Series

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.

CHOP COVID-19 Updates and FAQs

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has created a COVID-19 update and FAQ webpage here. For specific health-related concerns not addressed here or by the CDC, you can contact the Greater Philadelphia Coronavirus Helpline at 1-800-722-7112.

Food Sites for Students and Families

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.

UNC COVID-19 Toolkit

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.

Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication

This website provides information about communication supports for children and adults with complex communication needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more here. 

Employees Impacted by COVID-19

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.

Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW)

Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) is suspending non-payment terminations and waiving new late payment charges until further notice. Learn more here.

Internet Essentials from Comcast

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.

Supporting Response Efforts

If you’re interested in volunteering to support COVID-19 response efforts, you can find opportunities here.

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