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- The Arc Arapahoe & Douglas Counties Advocacy and Office During COVID-19
- The Arc Arapahoe & Douglas Counties posts
- Arapahoe County Specific Information – Including School Districts
- Avoiding Price Gouging and Scams
- CDC and People at Higher Risk for COVID-19
- CDC Informational Videos in ASL:
- Colorado’s COVID-19 Page
- COVID-19 Information By and For People with Disabilities
- Douglas County Specific Information – Including School Districts
- Domestic Violence
- Early Intervention – Guidance for Young Children
- Financial Counseling Resources:
- Fun Resources at Home!
- Food Resources
- Grocery Delivery Options
- HCPF – Updates from The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing
- Housing and Shelter Resources
- Medical Help
- Mental Health
- Mortgage Relief
- Other Resource Guides
- Physical Health
- Remote Working
- Schools are Closed – Guidance for Parents
- Senior Assistance
- Social Security During COVID-19 2020
- Stay Updated: Resources from CDC, WHO and Colorado Department of Public Health
- Stores Offering Special Shopping Hours for At-Risk Individuals
- Tri-County Health Department
- Unemployment & Other Benefits
- Veterans Emergency Assistance Funds
- Video Conference How-to-guides
The Arc of Arapahoe & Douglas exists to support children and adults with disabilities and their families.
Given the realities of the new COVID-19 virus, we have decided to close our building and eliminate all face to face meetings, events and educational workshops. We want to be responsible members of the community and want to do everything we can to minimize the risk of transmitting this virus.
However, we are still making ourselves available to support you! We will do this by email, telephone, FaceTime, Skype, or Zoom. Feel free to call us and leave a message at 303.220.9228. Or you can email us. Just go to our website www.arc-ad.org and click on “Who we are” then click on Staff. We look forward to hearing from you! Connect with us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheArcArapahoeDouglas and join the conversation.
We know how important our social and education events are to you all. Fun Fridays are really fun! Our Annual Meeting is one of our favorite events of the year, and the Picnic is always a great way to make new friends and catch up with people you haven’t seen in a while.
We are postponing all of our events for the time-being.
The Board of Directors and staff at The Arc care about you and we know this is a scary time. Please continue to watch your emails. We have created some enjoyable things for you to do and think about, and are continuing to do so. You might get a call from us or an email, just checking in. We encourage you to reach out to your friends and family. Let’s all take care of each other!
Our community knows how to deal with adversity, and we know how to make the best of difficult situations. We know you will all be resilient and kind to each other.
Please note this is a rapidly changing situation. You can check back frequently to find updates.
The Arc Arapahoe & Douglas Counties does not endorse these links. This is a living document that will be constantly updated in order to best serve the community.
If you know of any other resources that need to be added, please email Luke Wheeland at [email protected].
The Arc Arapahoe & Douglas Counties posts
Here are posts from The Arc Arapahoe & Douglas Counties about many different topics:
- Budget/Public Policy discussion on Tuesday May 26, 2020 our chapter sponsored a parent support group to discuss what we know about the budget in Colorado right now (May 2020).
Arapahoe County Specific Information – Including School Districts
The Arapahoe County, Arapahoe County Alert Center & the Arapahoe County resource center is posting updates and guidance for families, business, etc. here:
Updates from the Cherry Creek School District, including options to obtain food, are available here: https://www.cherrycreekschools.org/
Cherry Creek School District Planning Forward through COVID-19 2020-2021 School Year
Planning for 2020-21 https://www.cherrycreekschools.org/Page/12356
Updates from the Englewood School District, including options to obtain food, are available here: https://www.englewoodschools.net/
Updates from the Littleton Public Schools, including options to obtain food, are available here: https://littletonpublicschools.net/
Updates from the Bennett Schools, including options to obtain food, are available here: https://www.bsd29j.com/
Updates from the Byers Schools, including options to obtain food, are available here: https://www.byers32j.k12.co.us/
Updates from the Deer Trail Schools, including options to obtain food, are available here: http://www.dt26j.com/
Updates from the Sheridan Public Schools, including options to obtain food, are available here: https://www.ssd2.org/
Updates from the Strasburg School District, including options to obtain food, are available here: http://www.strasburg31j.com/
Avoiding Price Gouging and Scams
Price Gouging – People should be able to get the critical supplies they need without getting ripped off. This guide warns consumers about severe price gouging on online marketplaces like Amazon, and instructs on how to identify reasonably priced, effective supplies during the outbreak.
Identifying Coronavirus Phishing Scams: As this pandemic intensifies, scammers and spies have seized on people’s fear and confusion to steal their private or financial data. This guide lays out the known phishing scams related to the coronavirus and some tips for how consumers can identify new scams and protect themselves.
Refunding Your Travel During COVID-19: This guide breaks down how top airlines and hotels have adjusted their policies and provides instructions for how consumers can refund their bookings with each respective company.
CDC and People at Higher Risk for COVID-19
New resources from CDC on COVID-19 related to individuals with disabilities:
CDC Informational Videos in ASL:
Colorado’s COVID-19 Page
The State of Colorado has created a page specifically for COVID-19 in order to quickly communicate accurate and up-to-date information: https://covid19.colorado.gov/
This page includes resources for basic needs of all Coloradans. https://stayathomeco.colorado.gov/get-help-now
Currently not a standing state order. Stay at Home Colorado Guide; Resources and Activities.
Valuable, up to date information is available to help you. Information about current Colorado COVID-19 cases, symptoms and what to do to protect yourself and your family is on the CDPHE website.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources and Updates from Children’s Hospital Colorado:
The Kempe Center COVID-19 Resource Center
The Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities in collaboration with our partners at the Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council and AbleLink Smart Living Technologies would like to introduce you to our new Colorado COVID-19 Emergency Response Desktop
COVID-19 Information By and For People with Disabilities
Individuals with autism may have varied levels of understanding about the COVID-19 virus, how it spreads, and how to reduce risk of exposure. Here are several strategies to use to provide additional meaning to this complex scenario.
From SARTAC and Green Mountain Self Advocates
We are Essential! Letter to the Federal Government.
The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) recommendations
COVID-19 Communication Rights Toolkit, with Printable Patient Accommodations Request Form
Douglas County Specific Information – Including School Districts
The Douglas County & Douglas County Department of Health and Environment is posting updates and guidance for families, business, etc. here:
Updates from the Douglas School District, including options to obtain food, are available here: https://www.dcsdk12.org/
Douglas County School District feeding sites. https://www.dcsdnutritionservices.org/
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) The national hotline directs you to local services and professionals based on the number you’re calling.
For help, text: LOVEIS to 22522
Early Intervention – Guidance for Young Children
Essential Baby Supplies Delivered to Colorado from FEMA – The distribution of the supplies will be at 41 locations statewide at Colorado’s food banks and family resource centers.
Have you lost your job? Here’s OnwardCO, a one-stop resource for the people of Colorado impacted
by job loss during the COVID-19 Pandemic
The Arc’s have joined with several disability and education organizations to create the Educating All Learners Alliance.
Should I consider Compensatory Education for my child when in-person learning returns?
Provider and Educator Use of Technology: https://ectacenter.org/topics/disaster/ti-service.asp#vcskills
Financial Counseling Resources:
Green Path offers Financial Education – All GreenPath counselors have completed comprehensive training.
Operation HOPE- Operation HOPE is a for-purpose organization working to disrupt poverty and empower inclusion for low and moderate-income youth and adults.
Resources for Coloradans facing poverty while preparing for the corona virus
Lists of banks offering relief to customers affected by covid-19
Fun Resources at Home!
The Arc Arapahoe & Douglas Pinterest page. Stocked full of great ideas and free websites to stay entertained.
Follow this link to view the Denver area meal distribution sites of updated Food Resources: https://chalkbeat.org/posts/co/2020/03/15/map-colorado-food-distribution-school-closure-coronavirus/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=887c14ad-5ce1-48c4-a43d-549e61c7b4ef
Locate local Food Pantries, Formula/Baby Food, Brown Bag Food Programs, Packed Lunches/Dinners, Food Vouchers at 211colorado.org searchable site: https://bit.ly/3bjGbwy
School Food Authorities (SFAs) and other child nutrition program sponsors can serve free meals to children in the event of an unanticipated school closures.
Free Meals For Youth 1-18 (No ID or Registration Required)
Hunger Free Colorado has set up a Food Resource Hotline for anyone who needs help locating food. Call 855-855-4626, M – F (8 am – 4:30 pm) to find school meals, food pantries, and SNAP and WIC enrollment.
Community Table- Community Table is a Colorado nonprofit 501 c (3) corporation formed in 1982 by five church congregations to serve the needy and vulnerable in our community. They serve the residents of Arvada and neighboring communities in Northern Jefferson County would have a place to go for emergency food. They are distributing food boxes.
Spanish-language list of food banks – BANCOS DE COMIDA ABIERTA DURANTE DEL CORONAVIRUS (Actualizado el 30 de Marzo)
Grocery Delivery Options
We are hearing that many stores are experiencing trouble filling online orders for pick-up. Below are some grocery-delivery options. Please note the list below is for informational purposes only as The Arc Arapahoe & Douglas Counties does not endorse any of the following companies or services:
Shipt, including no-contact delivery. Learn more here: https://www.shipt.com/blog/a-note-to-our-community-about-coronavirus/
Instacart, including no-contact delivery. Learn more here: https://www.instacart.com/help/section/200758544
King Soopers Delivery. Learn more here: https://www.kingsoopers.com/i/ways-to-shop/delivery
Walmart Grocery Delivery. Learn more here: https://grocery.walmart.com/
HCPF – Updates from The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing
The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing and a dedicated page for COVID-19 related information here: https://www.colorado.gov/hcpf/covid
Please visit this page to see guidance from The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing about COVID-19, including guidance for Host Home Providers, Day Programs, etc. – https://www.colorado.gov/hcpf/2020-memo-series-communications
Housing and Shelter Resources
Rent/Mortgage – A Tenant’s Guide to rent during time of COVID-19
EMERGENCY HOUSING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (EHAP): Mortgage and Rental Assistance available to eligible Colorado homeowners and renters in need due to loss of income related to COVID-19. https://www.brihousingassist.org/
CUNY Citizenship Now!: Provides free, high quality, and confidential immigration law services to help individuals and families on their path to U.S. citizenship
Hispanic Federation offers a host of direct immigration services.
COVID-19 Immigrant Resource Guide - This resource guide for the COVID-19 pandemic has been compiled with attention toward undocumented and mixed status households. Spanish: COVID-19- Recursos Comunitarios para los Inmigrantes
Community Resources – In light of COVID-19, questions have arisen about how people can get assistance and support. The following list outlines a number of resources available for those in need. Spanish: Recursos Comunitarios
Testing: STRIDE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER Drive-Thru Testing is OPEN. Testing is open to the General Public. Individuals MUST have symptoms, in order to be tested. Testing is offered on a first come, first served basis.
General Health Care
- Telehealth Visits for Uninsured Coloradans
- UCHealth Virtual Urgent Care
- Concentra Information & Resources
- CVS offering free prescription delivery
- There have stories about caregivers prevented from accompanying adults into ED and hospital. Hoping AHA will advocate to change that policy soon, but in the meantime, here is an info transfer form that gives all the info the ED providers need, in the format they can best use it. It’s a fillable pdf, and can be partially filled out prior to an emergency transfer: file:///C:/Users/Owner/AppData/Local/Packages/Microsoft.Office.Desktop_8wekyb3d8bbwe/AC/INetCache/Content.Outlook/BGOZBS51/OACB_%20RCNP_Health_Passport_Hospital_Transfer_Form_PDF%20(002).pdf
- AUCD’s Autism Special Interest Group (SIG) is sponsoring a series of four webinars for Autism Acceptance Month. The slides are still available for all of the topics, ranging from parent training to reducing disparities to treating mental health issues in people with ASD. We will also sponsor a special webinar aimed at the engagement of autism stakeholders in research and service initiatives.
- Tricare allowing ABA telehealth
In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month:
We’re all dealing with stress, worry and other powerful thoughts and feelings during this time. Talking to people we know about how we’re feeling keeps our minds healthy, just as physical distancing keeps our bodies healthy. Calling, texting, video conferencing or messaging the people in our lives can help us all feel better.
Start the conversation with people you know.
Go to LetsTalkCO.org to learn more.
Rapid Response Round table
Community Resource Center hosted Rapid Response Roundtable webinars to discuss the most pressing community needs we have heard emerge from statewide partners in the field as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mental Health Colorado Resource Page and here on COVID-19 specifically
NPR: Pandemic Panic? These 5 Tips Can Help You Regain Your Calm
The Conversation: 7 science-based strategies to cope with coronavirus anxiety
STRIDE Center is offering telehealth visits for behavioral health services and medication assisted treatment.
NAMI have some great resources (For support, text NAMI to 741741 or call the NAMI Helpline at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264).
Colorado Crisis Services (mental health support) phone number: 1-844-493-8255 text “TALK” to 38255
National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
Center for Loss and Life Transition – Coronavirus and the Six Needs of Mourning
Mental Health Colorado has updated its resource page with useful information for those who are struggling with mental health or substance use challenges.
Colorado Crisis Services. If you are more seriously concerned about your own mental health or that of someone close to you, you can call the Colorado Crisis Services at 1-844-493-8255 or text.
Some borrowers may be eligible for Mortgage Relief if your income has been impacted by COVID-19. Please contact your borrower directly as each lender may be handling the situation differently.
Other Resource Guides
Colorado Cross-Disability (CCDC) – http://www.ccdconline.org/covid-19-resources-links-and-information/
JFK Partners COVID-19 Resources, Specific for Individuals with I/DD and ASD and their Families: Be sure to check out the COVID-19 Picture Communication Board – http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/medicalschool/programs/JFKPartners/research/Pages/COVID-19-Resources.aspx
United Way of Douglas County – https://www.unitedwaydgco.org/
Alliance (information for PASAs) – www.alliancecolorado.org/covid19
Free ASD Family Consultations – www.autismoncall.com
Celebrate EDU offering their community courses for FREE to the disability community – https://celebrateedu.org/online-classes/
National Council on Severe Autism (NCSA) site: https://www.ncsautism.org
Assistance with pet food: (303) 818.0618
Hit the Gym with Free Golds Gym classes.
Moving In-Person Meetings to Virtual – Part of the way to get information out effectively even while we are in social isolation.
Schools are Closed – Guidance for Parents
U.S. Department of Education Releases Webinar, Fact Sheet for Protecting Students’ Civil Rights During COVID-19 Response https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-department-education-releases-webinar-fact-sheet-protecting-students-civil-rights-during-covid-19-response
Simple Fact Sheet from the US Department of Education – file:///C:/Users/Owner/Documents/COVID-19/Supple%20Fact%20Sheet%203.21.20%20FINAL%20(004).pdf
Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19
Senior Hub: Delivery of meals to home-bound seniors
Telephone reassurance other resources for the elderly: Find Meals
Resources to help people self-isolate who may not want to or know how?
The Alzheimer’s Association has two online resources that might be helpful:
COVID-19 Tips for Dementia Caregivers in Long-Term or Community-Based Settings (Alzheimer’s Association)
COVID-19 Tips for Dementia Caregivers (Alzheimer’s Association)
Social Security During COVID-19 2020
Fact sheet that provides the answers we (The Arc) currently have on Coronavirus Stimulus Payments – Recovery Rebates
People on Social Security are eligible for the one-time stimulus payment.
Non-IRS Tax Filers: Enter Payment Info Here
Stay Updated: Resources from CDC, WHO and Colorado Department of Public Health
5/18/2020: The web map of COVID-19 Community Testing Sites is now public and can be found at the following link:http://cdphe.maps.arcgis.com/apps/PublicInformation/index.html?appid=7da93ffdaf954ef5ab5d74ab22dcbd4e
The National COVID-Ready Caregiver Certificate Training Program for Front line Staff – Provides practical guidance to staff about how to keep themselves and those they care for safe. Topics include: infection control practices, personal protective equipment, changes to health and safety practices, and tips for managing stress and anxiety. Draws on current CDC and WHO recommendations and guidance. Features key experts in healthcare and long-term care https://covidcert.nextstep.careers/
Stores Offering Special Shopping Hours for At-Risk Individuals
We have been told the following stores are offering special shopping hours for at-risk individuals in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19. Please work with your doctor if you or someone you care for is in the at-risk population for COVID-19 to determine the safest way to purchase needed food and supplies. Additionally, we encourage calling and verifying the available hours and procedures, as stores could still be crowded during these hours:
Albertsons (& Safeway): https://www.albertsonscompanies.com/newsroom/shopping-hours-for-vulnerable-customers.html
Dollar General: https://newscenter.dollargeneral.com/news/dollar-general-announces-first-hour-of-operations-to-be-dedicated-to-senior-customers.htm?fbclid=IwAR0rOFS_ikXDwxPzRR8GcKaXuOLqTDG_H5Fhlv89y-18hXEzrpnz8VloSPQ
Stores that offer “Senior-Only Shopping” hours, who include people with disabilities:
Safeway: Individuals with disabilities are included (all stores): 7-9A Tuesday & Thursday
King Soopers: Individuals with disabilities are included (all stores): 7-8A Monday, Wednesday & Friday
Target: Individual with disabilities are included (all stores): 1st Hour every Wednesday
Whole Foods: Individuals with disabilities are included (all stores): 1 Hour before opening every day
Walmart: Individuals with disabilities are NOT included at this time – Seniors 60+ Only.
Dollar General: Individuals with disabilities are NOT included at this time – Seniors Only.
RTD public transit, as critical infrastructure, continues to operate for essential travel. A service reduction plan will take effect April 19. Fare collection is suspended at this time on all services. Capacity is limited to approximately 15 passengers per bus, 20 on larger buses, and 30 riders per rail car. More information.
Tri-County Health Department (Serving Adams County; Arapahoe County; Douglas County)
Tri-County Health Department Board of Health moves to Strongly Advises Wearing Face Coverings
Unemployment & Other Benefits
Closures due to COVID-19 can create a financial burden due to loss or reduction of employment. Visit the Colorado Department of Labor to explore options if your employer is closing or your hours are being reduced due to COVID-19: https://www.colorado.gov/cogov-now#1
Arapahoe/Douglas County Workforce Center information:
- Phone: 303-636-1160
- Arapahoe/Douglas County Workforce Center Website
- Online Workshop PowerPoints – http://www.adworks.org/index.php/job-seekers/online-powerpoint-workshops/
Link to Register on Connecting Colorado – Connecting Talent with Opportunity https://www.connectingcolorado.com
Many Utility companies are not disconnecting service during the COVID-19 outbreak. We have a summary of the information available as of March 18th, 2020 below. Please contact your utility directly if you are having a hard time paying your bills as this is a rapidly evolving situation.
CenturyLink: “We’ve committed to waive late fees and to not terminate a residential or small business customer’s service due to financial circumstances associated with COVID-19. We are also suspending data usage limits for consumer customers during this time period due to COVID-19.” Visit https://news.centurylink.com/covid-19 to learn more.
Comcast: “Company Opens Xfinity WiFi Network Nationally for Free, Offers Unlimited Data for Free, Confirms Its Commitment to Connecting Low-Income Families” For more info, please visit https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19
Restaurant Worker Support: ONE FAIR WAGE — Emergency Coronavirus Tipped and Service Worker Support Fund https://ofwemergencyfund.org/?fbclid=IwAR29kMAXfOxBE-W2cRcF6njtyEutGs-0uuJFnFJy1FnnKKQejg49sex6NAg&eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=887c14ad-5ce1-48c4-a43d-549e61c7b4ef
Sprint: (see full details or learn more here: https://newsroom.sprint.com/covid-19-updates-sprint-responds.htm)
- Beginning March 13th: “For the next 60 days, we will support our residential and small business customers by, not terminating service if they are unable to pay their Sprint bill because of the coronavirus, and waiving late fees incurred because of economic circumstances related to the pandemic.”
- By March 18:
- Customers with metered data plans will receive unlimited data per month for 60 days (a minimum of two bill cycles) at no extra cost.
- We will provide customers with an additional 20GB of mobile hotspot data per month for 60 days (a minimum of two bill cycles) at no extra cost.
- Beginning March 18 – April 1: Customers with mobile hotspot-capable handsets who don’t have mobile hotspot today will now get 20GB as well per month for 60 days (a minimum of two bill cycles) at no extra cost.
- Starting on March 17, per-minute calling rates for international long distance calls to countries identified by the Center for Disease Control as Level 3 are waived through 5/31/20. Customers are still responsible for any monthly charges for add-on international long-distance calling plans.
Verizon: “Verizon will waive late fees for 60 days from March 16, 2020 to May 16, 2020, and will not terminate service to a customer who’s been impacted by the events involving the Coronavirus. If our customers are experiencing a hardship, they should call our customer service team to discuss their situation and available options.” Learn more at https://www.verizon.com/about/news/our-response-coronavirus
Verizon’s response to COVID, and increasing access to cellular data: https://appleinsider.com/articles/20/03/23/verizon-is-giving-customers-15gb-of-free-data-as-part-of-covid-19-response
Xcel Energy: “We will not disconnect service to any residential customers until further notice. If you are having difficulty paying your bills, contact us and we will arrange a payment plan that works for you.” For more information, visit https://www.xcelenergy.com/covid-19_response
Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. Find the closest hot spot to you here.
Veterans Emergency Assistance Funds
Douglas County was recently the recipient of a state grant providing emergency assistance to veterans struggling with housing (mortgage and rent payments), transportation, employment, healthcare or other emergency needs. https://www.douglas.co.us/community/veterans/veterans-emergency-assistance-funds/
The Arapahoe County Veterans Service Office assists Arapahoe County veterans in obtaining the federal and state benefits they may be eligible to receive. We also can assist eligible dependents of veterans. https://www.arapahoegov.com/352/Veterans-Services
Video Conference How to guides
With remote working, working from home and teleconferencing being the new normal, we wanted to offer some easy to understand “How-To” videos and guides. Here are the 7 most widely used platforms:
The Arc Arapahoe & Douglas Counties does not endorse these links. This is a living document that will be constantly updated in order to best serve the community. If you know of any other resources that need to be added, please email Luke Wheeland at [email protected].
Last updated 5/19/2020