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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. However, we will still be going to Casa Bonita sometime in the future. We will be having the Annual Meeting as soon as we possibly can, but we will NOT have the Annual Meeting on April 4 th . We cannot tell you exactly when these events will happen because we have to make sure that we are keeping everyone safe. As soon as we know – you will know, so stay tuned!

The Board of Directors and staff at The Arc care about you and we know this is a scary time. Please watch your email. We will be creating some enjoyable things for you to do and think about over the next couple of weeks. 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.  If you know of a resource that should be added to this page, please email [email protected]

  • CDC and People at Higher Risk for COVID-19

https://youtu.be/TjcoN9Aek24 

  • CDC Resources for preparing your home (including cleaning recommendations)

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/home/index.html

  • CDC Informational Videos in ASL:

https://youtu.be/IN_GVlbyC4Y?list=PLvrp9iOILTQatwnqm61jqFrsfUB4RKh6J

  • 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/

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:

https://www.childrenscolorado.org/conditions-and-advice/coronavirus-covid19-resources-updates/ 

Great videos for kids by kids: 5 total video’s all about a minute long.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6PavRVKmzUPom2ojMmVPOApI1Cj3_QdY 

  • COVID-19 Information By and For People with Disabilities

From SARTAC and Green Mountain Self Advocates
English: https://selfadvocacyinfo.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Plain-Language-Information-on-Coronavirus.pdf
Spanish: https://selfadvocacyinfo.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Spanish-Plain-Language-Information-on-Coronavirus.pdf

  • Tri-County Health Department (Serving Adams County; Arapahoe County; Douglas County)

https://www.tchd.org/818/Coronavirus-COVID-19

  • Early Intervention – Guidance for Young Children

http://coloradoofficeofearlychildhood.force.com/eicolorado/EI_QuickLinks?p=Home&s=EI-CO-Response-to-COVID-19&lang=en

  • Food Resources

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

  • Financial Counseling Resources:

Green Path offers Financial Education – All GreenPath counselors have completed comprehensive training and

  • 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

https://www.211colorado.org/housing-and-shelter/

  • 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:

https://www.arapahoegov.com/

https://www.arapahoegov.com/AlertCenter.aspx

https://www.arapahoegov.com/2096/Coronavirus-COVID-19-Resource-Center

Updates from the Cherry Creek School District, including options to obtain food, are available here: https://www.cherrycreekschools.org/

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/

  • 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:

https://www.douglas.co.us/

https://www.douglas.co.us/government/departments/humanservices/

Updates from the Douglas School District, including options to obtain food, are available here: https://www.dcsdk12.org/

  • Mortgage Relief

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.

Broad Program Details:
https://www.npr.org/2020/03/19/818322136/heres-what-is-in-the-families-first-coronavirus-aid-package-trump-approved

Fannie Mae: 
https://www.fanniemae.com/portal/media/corporate-news/2020/covid-homeowner-assistance-options-7000.html

Freddie Mac: 
http://www.freddiemac.com/about/covid-19.html

  • 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) Coronavirus Share & Care videos –

  • Share & Care #1:

https://www.ncsautism.org/blog//ncsa-coronavirus-share-amp-carelive-on-march-17-11am-pacific

  • Share & Care #2: Activities and Tips for Cooped-Up Autism Families:

https://www.ncsautism.org/blog//share-amp-care-2-activities-and-tips-for-cooped-up-autism-families

  • Share & Care #3: Preventing and Managing Severe Autism Behaviors at Home

https://www.ncsautism.org/blog//share-amp-care-3-preventing-and-managing-severe-autism-behaviors-at-home

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:

Webex:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fE5FnEUKtaE

Go-To Meeting:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95dRdnMMgbQ

https://support.goto.com/meeting/new-gotomeeting-guide

Google Hangout:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfZ1Wyltxjo

Zoom:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMUxzrgZvZQ

Skype:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRcb3uB3Jac

RingCentral Meetings:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BuWig_HM3Rk

Microsoft team:

https://www.bdo.com/digital/insights/modernize-technology/how-to-use-video-conferencing-in-microsoft-teams

  • 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 

https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/helping-children-cope-with-changes-resulting-from-covid-19

  • 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

Target: https://corporate.target.com/about/purpose-history/our-commitments/target-coronavirus-hub?lnk=Acoronavirusupd

Walmart: https://corporate.walmart.com/newsroom/2020/03/18/latest-walmart-store-changes-to-support-associates-and-customers

Whole Foods: https://media.wholefoodsmarket.com/news/whole-foods-market-adjusts-store-hours-to-better-serve-our-communities

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.

  • 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/pacific/cdle/information-and-resources-coronavirus

  • Utilities

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

  • The Arc Arapahoe & Douglas Counties postponed events:

Annual Meeting, Postponed from April 4, 2020. We will post on this site and social media when this is rescheduled.

The Arc ADventures in FUN: Casa Bonita, April 3, 2020 postponed. We will post on this site and social media when this is rescheduled.

Scarf Making at JOANN Fabrics and Crafts, March 22, 2020 postponed. We will post on this site and social media when this is rescheduled