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As of July 22 2021: Barwon Health has opened an All Access Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic for people with disabilities who need additional support to receive the COVID-19 Vaccination. View the flyer for more information.
We are collecting a range of trustworthy, evidence-based resources that we hope will assist you. Scroll to find reliable news sources, official government information, social stories, tips for self-care and free resources to keep the kids busy. Follow us on Facebook to see our daily shares of helpful tools and fun distractions to put a smile on your face.
The NDIS is also currently working with The University of Melbourne to learn about your experiences with NDIS services during COVID-19. The research project is running now and involves an online survey that takes 15-20 minutes. A plain language explanation of the project can be found here.
The NDIS have also recently released (in August) this information pack for families of school aged children with a disability.
The Australian Government have also developed a ‘Return to School for Students with Disability COVID-19’ Risk Management Plan, which you can access here.
The Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health’s June newsletter is packed with useful resources such as translated information about COVID-19 that is updated daily, an Online Community Education Session on looking after loved ones, and other relevant information.
Local council information
Check with your council for local closures and changes.
ABC News offers balanced, researched, comprehensive coverage of the pandemic including latest news, explainers and a podcast answering listener questions. It also features updates from the Department of Health . The ABC’s Fact Check team is also keeping an eye on many of the social media stories circulating and have collated their findings at Corona Check.
Publisher, Nosy Crow, have created this free information book explaining the coronavirus to children, illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler.
Gateways Support Services has developed this social story to prepare your child for returning to school.
Autism Little Learners have created a suite of social stories in multiple languages to help to explain changes brought about by COVID-19; why does my therapist look different? Getting a haircut during COVID-19, riding a bus during COVID-19, and other handy visual explanations.
Australian mindfulness app Smiling mind has developed the Thrive Inside resource to support people’s mental health during the lockdown period. If you already have the app, find this new resource is in the Adult Programs section.
Audible is offering free streaming of a wide range of children’s audiobooks. Titles span picture books and middle school fiction through to teen novels and literary classics.
AllPlay have created this COVID-19 support learning page to support children, families and educators with the challenges brought on by the coronavirus such as disrupted routines and social distancing.
Bonkers Beats for Kids provides practical and educational experiences for children aged 2-8 years and ideas to help parents to work from home.
The Chatterpack blog has an extensive list on online resources and links to virtual tours of museums and galleries around the world. There are even links to free online concerts.
The Mighty – an online community for people with disability or facing health challenges – is running a host of online live events to keep like-minded but socially-distanced people connected. Check out their events page for details of coming events and how to join in.
While so much of the news we are receiving each day is negative and possibly frightening, you can stay in touch with the good things going on by searching for #thekindnesspandemic in your local area on your favourite social media channels.