COVID-19 Information and Resources
The Arc of Indiana has developed this resource page to help provide the most recent factual information regarding COVID-19.
September 13, 2023 – New COVID booster approved
The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new COVID booster for anyone six months and up. The new booster is a much closer match to currently circulating variants than prior vaccines. Federal health officials say if it’s been at least two months since your last booster, you can go ahead and get the new one. If you fall into a high risk category, it is recommended to get the new vaccine now. People who’ve had a recent infection may wait three months to get a booster. Private insurance should cover the cost, but if you go outside your provider network there may be a cost. For those not insured, the federal Bridge Access Program will provide free vaccines through the end of 2024.
Boosters have been shown to increase protection from hospitalization and death due to COVID-19.
Easy to Read COVID-19 Materials
People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) have a higher incidence of COVID-19 than people without IDD. They are also more likely to be admitted to the hospital from COVID-19 complications, have higher rates of stays in intensive care units, and are more likely to die from COVID-19. Yet people with IDD often do not have the information they need to protect themselves.
To fill this gap, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has developed COVID-19 materials in different Easy to Read formats—including Easy to Read webpages, posters, social stories, animated videos, and interactive activities—for adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their care providers. These materials are available in both English and Spanish and cover behaviors that are important to help prevent and treat COVID-19, including: getting COVID-19 shots, wearing a mask, taking an at-home COVID-19 test, getting COVID-19 medicine, and staying home when sick.
SAI Video – Let’s Talk About the COVID-19 Vaccine
Self-Advocates of Indiana (SAI) has produced an informational video, Let’s Talk About the COVID-19 Vaccine.
The video shares an important message on what the vaccine is, why it is important, how to talk with your physician about if the vaccine is right for you, and how to get information from trusted sources about the vaccine. We encourage you to watch and share the video, particularly with people with IDD, as self-advocates share with other self-advocates.
This 8-page booklet about the coronavirus, written in plain language., was created by and for people with developmental disabilities. Plain Language Booklet on COVID-19
- Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on People with Disabilities Research Findings
Administration on Community Living
- FAQ for Guardians about COVID-19
- How to Make an Advanced Designation of Representative Payee
- Information on Appointing a Standby Guardian
- Example of Standby Guardian Court Form
- Appointment of Health Care Representative Form
- CDC COVID-19 FAQs
- CDC guidance for cleaning household surfaces
- CDC guidance for when people can come out of self-isolation or quarantine.
- CDC information for healthcare professionals
- Healthcare professionals FAQ
- Personal protective equipment FAQ
- Office of Civil Rights guidance on HIPAA
- U.S. Department of Education information on providing Free Appropriate Public Education during COVID-19.
- Indiana Department of Education information on timelines and case conferences during COVID-19.
- National Disability Rights Network resources on COVID19 and Education of Students with Disabilities
- Helping Your Child with Routines at Home
- Helping Your Child with the Foundations of Communication at Home
- Helping Your Child with Communication at Home
- Helping Your Child with Academics
- BeWellIndiana – Information to help Hoosiers work through mental health challenges with children or teens, as well as seek support for themselves.
- Day Programs Tools and Best Practices During COVID-19
- UNC toolkit for those supporting individuals with autism during COVID-19
- How to talk about COVID-19 with people who have autism – NPR report
- Six free online speech therapy resources for kids
- Making connections during social distancing – Marion County Commission on Youth (MCCOY)
- Supported Employment Tools and Best Practices During COVID-19 – The Arc of the United States
- Supporting Staff During the Coronavirus Pandemic – The Arc of the United States
- Evaluation Framework for Hospital Visitor Policies
- COVID-19 Visual Communication Card – 8.5 x 11 for printing
- COVID-19 Visual Communication Card – For use on mobile devices