COVID-19 Information & Resources

COVID-19 is a type of coronavirus, which is a small germ that can spread and make people sick. It is a disease that has spread across the world, also called a pandemic. Some people may get COVID-19 and not feel sick. Other people may get flu-like symptoms. COVID-19 can be deadly in severe cases. The Human Development Institute wants to support our state and partners during the COVID-19 pandemic. This page provides state and national information related to COVID-19.

Healthy and Connected: An important message from the UK Human Development Institute

State Information and Resources

This document responds to concerns raised by parents and advisory groups related to children with disabilities and the reopening of schools for the 2020–2021 school year.
The Inclusive Health & Wellness initiative at the Human Development Institute (HDI) provides information and resources incorporating Universal Design principles on how to stay healthy and well. Check here for wellness tips, resources, and exercises that everyone can do.
On this page you'll find information and links to resources related to CHFS agency response to COVID-19 and its impact on programs, services and the people it serves.
KCDHH Facebook page has daily updates related to COVID-19, and other helpful information.
Updated information regarding COVID-19 from various agencies, including the KDE.
Non-Regulatory Guidance Regarding the Implementation of the Non-Traditional Instruction Program (NTI) for Students with Individual Education Programs (IEPs) During Novel Coronavirus Pandemic.
Letter Regarding IEP Services to Families of Children with Disabilities During the COVID-19 Pandemic (March 17, 2020).
Frequently Asked Questions document related to COVID-19, from the Office of Special Education and Early Learning.
Resources and Tools for Remotely Teaching Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (March 11, 2020).
Updated information regarding COVID-19 for child care facilities.
This handbook, prepared by the Kentucky Education & Workforce Development Cabinet, provides a sampling of questions and answers related to unemployment insurance.
COVID-19 Kentucky Hotline information and state updates.
By the end of May, many Americans will have received a stimulus check from the federal government. The attached flyer provides helpful information about how to save and invest these funds and maintain needs-based government benefits.
Dr Vestena Robbins, with the KY Dept. for Behavioral Health, Developmental & Intellectual Disabilities shows us how to talk with kids about Covid-19.
Information and the latest messages from UK related to COVID-19.

National Information & Resources

Mental health and psychosocial considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak.
On March 28, 2020, the OCR at HHS issued a bulletin on Civil Rights Laws and HIPAA Flexibilities that Apply During the COVID-19 Emergency. A particular focus of the bulletin is on ensuring that covered entities do not unlawfully discriminate against people with disabilities when making decisions about their treatment during the COVID-19 health care emergency.
Questions and Answers on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Outbreak (March 12, 2020).
Supplemental Fact Sheet Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Preschool, Elementary and Secondary Schools While Serving Children with Disabilities (March 21, 2020).
Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Schools While Protecting the Civil Rights of Students (March 16, 2020).
Legal FAQs on the Coronavirus, school closures, and special education.
Safeguard Against Disability Discrimination During COVID-19 - This fact sheet is aimed at medical and health care professionals and focuses on including individuals with disabilities in the COVID-19 response to ensure equitable care, and is based on guidance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights.
Do You Know Your Rights With COVID-19? This fact sheet is focused on people with disabilities knowing their rights during the COVID-19 and coronavirus pandemic.
Guidance and resources to assist individuals, providers, communities, and states across the country.
Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks.
An alliance of national education organizations has come together to support schools and educators in ensuring the continuity of special education services during remote instruction. The focus of this effort is to ensure equity for all learners and to provide a hub of curated tools, strategies, tips and best practices for supporting students with disabilities. The Resource Library provides opportunity to search and find practical resources, case studies, and actual examples of how people are adapting professional practice in response to the new demands of this challenging time.
CommunicationsFIRST developed a toolkit for patients with the coronavirus who need communication tools and supports due to speech-related disabilities. The toolkit is available in English and Spanish and includes a printable Patient Accommodations Request Form.
CSD’s COVID-19 Webpage. Includes ASL hotline and links to other resource pages.