Special Needs Resources (Autism, Deaf/HH, Visual)

Guidance for Individuals with Disabilities and Chronic Conditions and Caregivers
Tips for caregivers of people with IDD
E-Packets are downloadable documents for your use as you build a bright future for your child! They include a wide range of information, including lists of websites organized by topic such are “Distance Learning: Tools to Help Your Child Stay Organized and Focused”.  Packets are created by staff at Parents Helping Parents and are updated frequently. En Español  
The PHP E-Learning Library includes videos, podcasts, and e-packets on a wide variety of topics to help families caring for a loved one with special needs.  You can gain knowledge of the complex educational, legal, social service, and medical systems of care for your loved one of any age, any ability.  Categories include; Adults with DD, Assistive Technology, Behavior Coping and Support for Families, Covid -19 Resources for families, Early Childhood, Financial Planning, General Topic Videos, Person Centered Planning, Podcast, Public Benefits, Transition, Your Child and School. Don’t’ miss this one, My Child Doesn’t Learn Well in Front of a Computer-What Can I Do  and Keeping Your Sanity-Special Needs Parenting Tips (part one)

Autism

Autism and Health Concerns  An article written by a local mother discusses health risks related to autism which can be a complicating factor
Supporting Adults with Autism through Uncertain Times: Companion Guide
Hospital Stay  An article from Autism Speaks.  Offering suggestions if your child needed to be admitted to the hospital.  Tips on how to help them cope with an inpatient stay and to explain their needs to staff. 

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Parent Tip Sheets 

American Sign Language COVID-19 Video Series from Washington State Department of Health 
CA Hands and Voices is dedicated to supporting families with children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. Their website contains Tip Sheets, which provide suggestions for parents and caretakers, for fun, everyday activities to enhance their baby’s development.
California Hands and Voices 
Hands and Voices 
Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss” provides options for  grades K – 12 (please note there is a charge to participate)
Calendar Time for children grades K-2   
Parents can attend with their children!  This class will go over vocabulary and language for today, yesterday, tomorrow, discuss the weather, upcoming holidays and language associated with a given topic.  If time allows, a book will be read in ASL.
Deaf Awareness for children grades 3-5
Parents can attend with their children!  This class will offer Deaf Awareness activities each day to highlight a deaf individual.
Deaf Crew Club for students in Middle & High School  
This is a designated time to connect together, get questions answered about daily events, and practice social skills with each other.
A.G. Bell 
Continue learning and playing at home with your deaf/hard of hearing child.
Hear to Learn provides language, literacy, math, music and LSL activities. Also provides a place for parents to connect, ask an expert and access webinars. En Español
John Tracy Center is offering parents unlimited access to courses/modules of fun things to do, helping with building communication and advancing their child’s progress; their focus is children birth to five with hearing loss. 

Children with Visual Impairments

Wonder Baby  
Helping your blind baby develop through play
Family Connect 
Orientation and mobility activities at home for young blind children
Blind Children’s Resource Center 
Help your child learn to play
The National Homework Hotline for Blind/Visually Impaired Students (NHH-BVI) is offering free homework help and tutoring for students from kindergarten through college affected by school closures due to the coronavirus.