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Values Into Action Response to COVID-19 Resource Guide

During this time of Social Distancing, Values Into Action wanted to create a space where we can share information and resources with one another. As an organization, we believe in the power of community, and even in this time, we can stay connected to our communities, and most importantly to each other, VIRTUALLY!

Federal and State Government Information Websites

Pennsylvania's Primary Election has been moved to June 2nd. In order to guarantee your vote is cast, you can sign up to vote by mail. Deadlines and links below.

If you choose to seek Covid-19 testing, know that there are free testing sites popping up every few days. Rite Aid has quite a few scattered around Eastern PA and the Philadelphia area and they will test regardless of symptoms and without a doctor’s order. If using the Rite Aid link, look for both PA lists. There are two; an older one and , lower down on the page, a list of newly opened, additional sites. Additional testing sites can be found on the PA Dept. of Health Website.
Older homeowners, renters, and Pennsylvanians with disabilities can apply to receive a property tax or rent rebate through Pennsylvania Department of Revenue.
Resources For Explaining Social Distancing and Covid-19
Disability Specific Resources in Response to COVID-19
Communication First has created a COVID-19 Communication Rights Toolkit with Printable Patient Accommodations Request Form in both English and Spanish. It is important that no matter our way of communicating, we are listened too. "Hospitals and other health care facilities must meet your communication needs at all times. They also have an ethical duty to try to obtain your informed consent before treating or withholding treatment."-Communication First

"FCIC's My Health Passport is a health advocacy document that describes the unique supports and preferences of an individual. It is designed to be shared with many types of healthcare providers, in clinic and hospital settings, especially for those who are not very familiar in providing care to individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities." You can find the My Health Passport here...

Perkins, E.A. (2011). My Health Passport for Hospital/Clinic Visits. Florida Center for Inclusive Communities, http://flfcic.fmhi.usf.edu/docs/FCIC_Health_Passport_ Form_Typeable_English.pdf. Development of this material was supported by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities (#90-DD-0668, Fox and Kincaid). For more information visit www.flcic.org For further information contact Dr. Elizabeth Perkins at eperkins@usf.edu
AID in PA is a resource collection for Pennsylvanians in the autism and intellectual disability communities. A joint effort between ASERT (Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training) and the statewide HCQUs (Health Care Quality Units), this site is designed to connect individuals with disabilities, families, professionals, and community members with resources that can best serve them in emergency situations.

Dr. Michael Murray from ASERT Central Region-Partner of AID in PA, interviewed Values Into Action Supports Broker, Amber Borelli on how she is staying connected while socially distancing! Click the below link to watch/listen to the interview.

Numotion has created "coronavirus tips for wheelchair users to keep in mind when taking care of their mobility equipment and the environment around them." Check out their tips here https://www.numotion.com/blog/march-2020/coronavirus-what-to-do-if-you-re-in-a-wheelchair
ABLEnow accounts help individuals with disabilities save money to pay for qualified expenses, without being taxed on the earnings – and in most cases, without losing eligibility for certain means-tested benefit programs. Find more information on their webpage and open an account online https://www.able-now.com/

Thanks to Delaware County Advocacy & Resource Organization for sharing the following resources in their newsletter.

The National Alliance of Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) in partnership with the Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota. We would like to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on direct support professionals and identify the most effective ways to protect DSPs and the people they support. The results of this survey will be shared widely with policymakers, services providers, direct support professionals, families, and stakeholders. If you provide direct support to people with disabilities, please click here to take the survey http://z.umn.edu/dsp-covid19
Stay Connected

There are many ways that we can stay connected remotely while we physically distance. Consider using these options to stay connected to family, friends, supports and coworkers!

For iPhone/iPad users, FaceTime is a great, built into your phone, video chat app. Chat with just one other iPhone user or a group!
Whatsapp is an application that can be used by multiple phone platforms, and can help you connect via call, messages and video chats. So it doesn't matter if you are an apple or an android user, you can connect with anyone who also has Whatsapp.
If you have joined Values Into Action on any of our Wednesday night check in meetings, then you've used ZOOM! Zoom is a video conferencing option that has free and paid subscriptions. Use it on your computer, tablet or phone!
Skype is another video chat program that can be used on a computer or phone!
And don't forget about Social Networks! Here are just a few of the many options that are available!

Want to do something other than chat on those video calls? Play some games! Good Housekeeping shares a list of great games to play while video meeting with your friends, families and colleagues!

Stay connected with Self Advocates United as 1 with their Antivirus Power Connect Calendar. See below for calendar of events. You can join any of these calls by computer at https://zoom.us/j/624794330 or by phone: dial (646) 876-9923, then your meeting ID: 624 794 330 ##.

Interested in connecting with someone new? Delco Libraries has started a Paperless Pen Pal program for Delaware County residents. Find out more here https://delcolibraries.libcal.com/event/6620683

Check out 6abc News coverage on Temple's "Connect with Tech" program and consider donating if able.

Staying connected also means remaining able to participate in activism safely. Please read Teen Vogue's article for tips on how to be an activist in other ways when unable to protest.
Physical and Mental Health

If you are feeling lonely, isolated or down because of Covid-19, it's okay to ask for help. You can call or text for free and confidential help, available 24/7. The number to call is 1-855-284-2494. For TTY, dial 724-631-5600. Or you can text...Text PA to 741-741.

"The City of Philadelphia and Independence Blue Cross are part of the national movement to raise awareness about mental health. With you and other partners, we’ll continue to fight stigma and provide support for people with mental health challenges and their families." Visit mindPHLtogether.com to access available mental health resources
The National Alliance on Mental Illness is dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Please access their website for more on their offerings here https://www.nami.org/Home
To aid individuals and communities during this time, Mental Health America has compiled a range of resources and information to help combat the stresses of this pandemic. Find them here https://mhanational.org/covid19

The website Calm.com has created a list of FREE tools you can use to support your mental and emotional wellness through this time. Take a look at their meditation and mindfulness resources by clicking the link below.

While lounging around might be just what some of us need, some others might need to get their bodies moving! YouTube is a great resource for finding all types of free workout videos for all physical abilities. Want to try some beginner Yoga? How about a wheelchair or seated workout (adaptive Zumba, anyone?) Need something high intensity? www.YouTube.com is the place to search!
Planet Fitness has started the "United We Move." campaign showcasing free daily live streams of workouts you can do at home! Find out more information here https://www.planetfitness.com/united-we-move
Vision for Equality is hosting a Bi-Weekly Wellness Series. See below for dates to join Chair Yoga and Chair Zumba classes
You can access and register for the classes by using the links below.

Self-Care is extremely important in all times of life (especially particularly stressful times). Check out the infographic below for Steps to Self-Care created by the University Of Buffalo School of Social Work. And while the graphic is titled "How to Flourish in Social Work" these steps can be useful for all of us.

University of Buffalo School of Social Work also has a Self-Care Starter Kit which can be found here http://socialwork.buffalo.edu/resources/self-care-starter-kit.html 
Getting outside for fresh air and vitamin-D is important for our mental and physical health. But it's also important to remember to maintain physical distance from others while outside. See above for some helpful tips and reminders.

Special Olympics Pennsylvania has created a video series called COMMIT TO FIT. Check out their athletes sharing some tips on exercising and full workout sessions! https://www.facebook.com/specialolympicspa

Ellen Bard with Tiny Buddah wrote an article titled "45 Simple Self-Care Practices for a Healthy Mind, Body and Soul" Check out her suggestions here https://tinybuddha.com/blog/45-simple-self-care-practices-for-a-healthy-mind-body-and-soul/
ADvancing States has created a guide addressing social isolation for older adults during the COVID-19 Crisis. Find it here...
The Wellness Society Supported by Jamma International created a Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook to help through this difficult time. You can find the workbook here https://thewellnesssociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Coronavirus-Anxiety-Workbook.pdf
Grocery & Food Delivery and Pickup Services

With all of Pennsylvania in a stay-at-home order, there are many options for still getting the food you need without having to leave the house or physically going into a restaurant or grocery store. Based on the area you live in, different services will be available to you, but here are a few to check out. If placing a grocery order online it is recommended you do this with plenty of advance notice before you actually need your groceries...plan your meals out and order your groceries 1-2 weeks in advance.

Grocery Pick and and Delivery Services

Restaurant Food Ordering Apps and Websites (for carry-out and delivery)

Some places you may not have thought of!

If you are local to Delaware County, Swiss Farms Drive-Thru Market is still operating. No need to leave your car to get that loaf or bread or gallon of milk. Check out their website for online ordering options, to view their fresh made meal options and to find a location most convenient to you https://swissfarms.com/
If you are local to Delaware County, the Chamber of Commerce has created a Delco Guide to Local Carry-Out Establishments. Includes a map and the necessary contact info to order. Also details if they establishment is open for pick-up, delivery or both! https://www.delcochamber.org/
And check out The Infatuation-Philadelphia for categorized food guides for Philadelphia. You can also subscribe to their newsletter for happenings in Philly (virtually for now...and back in person in the future). https://www.theinfatuation.com/philadelphia
If you are living in the Greater Lehigh Valley area, check out The Chamber's website that highlights businesses who are offering new and creative ways to get their products and services to you in this time of change. https://www.lehighvalleychamber.org/open.html?fbclid=IwAR17yJhmnxCv02EZ3lcrB9W8Awe2X5WpX4KoeJMz5BJAV1SQWyC-68GRqVA
Virtual Museum Tours

Virtually visit some of the world's most amazing and popular museums by clicking the name of the museum below.

Travel and Leisure has also created a list of museums you can visit virtually...find that article here...

Did all that museum exploring get your creative mind flowing? Want to make some art of your own? Check out these websites for some inspiration, guidance and tutorials.

Is architecture more your jam? Now you can digitally tour 12 of Frank Lloyd Wrights buildings, like the one in the above picture called Fallingwater, located right here in Pennsylvania. https://thespaces.com/12-frank-lloyd-wright-buildings-are-now-hosting-virtual-tours/
Music, Theatre and Entertainment
Many of our favorite musical artists are sharing their talents and our favorite music with us via live mini-concerts on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube! Chris Martin from Coldplay, Ben Gibbard from Death Cab for Cutie, P!nk, John Legend, Keith Urban, Patti Smith, and Katherine Foster are just a few of the artists keeping us entertained! Search for your favorite artists on social media to see if they are performing for their fans!
In the mood to watch some films? Sproutflix is holding a virtual film festival which is for films by and/or about differently-abled people. http://sproutflix.org/virtual-sprout-film-festival/
Every day, the Metropolitan Opera will be streaming a different encore performance from their company's Live in HD series. Each performance will begin at 7:30pm EDT and will be available for 20 hours. Check out some of the great performances here... www.MetOpera.org
In the mood for some Beethoven, Brahms or Mahler? The Philadelphia Orchestra has several performances you can listen to On Demand. Head over to their website for your symphony fix... www.philorch.org
For all things Theatre, check out www.playbill.com where they tell you where you can watch performances of your favorite musicals and plays that have been featured on and off Broadway!
Check out full length performances, never before seen footage and live recordings performed at the Sydney Opera House.
Wish you could go to the movies with your friends? YOU CAN! Netflix has created Netflix Party, where you can watch movies with others in real time and chat about what you are watching! This is only available with a Netflix account, and is only compatible with Google Chrome. https://www.netflixparty.com/
Zoos, Aquariums and National Parks

Many of our Nation's zoos, aquariums and national parks are streaming different types of programming for all of us to enjoy. Go on tours, connect with some educational presentations & take home safaris. Click the links below to learn more about what these attractions have to offer us virtually!

"A group of professional nature recordists from around the globe have collaborated to develop Nature Soundmap, an enjoyable and interactive way of exploring the natural sounds of our planet. Immerse yourself in a pulsating insect chorus in Borneo’s tropical rainforest, or climb the Himalayas and relax to the melodies of birdsong in an alpine meadow. Use Nature Soundmap to discover the wonderful soundscapes and wildlife sounds of our planet."
Kids' (and Kids at Heart) Corner

Need some help explaining Social Distancing to a little one? Watch this children's story titled, "Time To Come In, Bear" written by Kim St. Lawrence.

Elmo's dad, Louie, has a message for all you parents out there...You're doing a great job!

Our children's mental health is just as important as their physical health. The National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health has multiple resources including videos, toolkits, activities to use at home and more to support parents and caregivers and their children during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can find different resources on their website, Facebook page and Pinterest board.
Open Culture has curated a list of over 200 free educational resources for K-12 students (kindergarten through high school students) and their parents and teachers. Check it out here http://www.openculture.com/free_k-12_educational_resources

Natalie Long of Long Creations created free COVID-19 Time Capsule worksheets to fill out with your children. Natalie shared, "We are all living through history and something I have said I wanted to do from the beginning is make a keepsake of this moment for us to look back on. I have saved newspapers and art work done by my kids, taken photos of all our days and kept a diary. BUT I have also been working on a "time capsule" work sheet for my daughter, son and I to fill out. This will be available as a FREE resource for any of my fans." Check out the free time capsule worksheets here: https://letsembark.ca/time-capsule

Philadelphia's local radio station, XPN hosts a kid's call in radio show called, Kids Corner. You can listen to the show LIVE Monday-Thursday from 7pm-8pm. It's fun listening for the whole family!

Check out Kids Corner Radio Show by tuning into the stations below for your listening area! 88.5 FM Philadelphia, PA

104.9 FM Lehigh Valley, PA

90.5 FM Worton/Baltimore, MD

88.7 FM Lancaster/York, PA

99.7 FM Harrisburg, PA

91.9 Hackettstown, NJ

From the Kennedy Center: "Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together." Each new episode will be posted at 1:00pm ET. Follow this link for more information https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/?mc_cid=4ee8ff2f3d&mc_eid=%5bUNIQID%5d

Yoga and Mindfulness for Kids (and adults too)

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Daytime Emmy®-nominated and award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online®, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Oprah Winfrey, Chris Pine, Kristen Bell, Rita Moreno, Viola Davis, Jaime Camil, Kevin Costner, Lily Tomlin, Sarah Silverman, Betty White, Wanda Sykes and dozens more.
Need some more ideas for fun activities? Pinterest is the place to search. Available via mobile App or website, Pinterst is the place to search for fun kids activities! How about a Lego or play dough challenge? Want to make some slime? In the mood to color? How about fun science experiments? The possibilities are endless on Pinterest. Find the app in your phone's app store or go to www.Pinterest.com

Strategic Counseling Solutions has created and shared a Quarantine Family Workbook that offers activities and coping skills for families at home.

Don't kids (and adults...let's be real) just LOVE a blanket fort? Well, IKEA to the rescue to help you build the best fort you can! Read the article on the Good News Network website by clicking the link below. Photo by IKEA.
Other Resources
Find community services to support your family, such as help with food, utilities, transportation and more.
Check out The National Center on Advancing Person-Centered Practices and Systems' new video series: Pandemic Wisdom, where national experts in person-centered planning will be sharing how they see person-centered practices in the context of Covid-19. Find the series, as well as other resources, here https://ncapps.acl.gov/covid-19-resources.html
Community Legal Service of Philadelphia's Instagram page shares infographics on important public, emergency and community assistance, legal information, and advocacy. Follow their Instagram account @clsphila or check out their website https://clsphila.org/ 
Are you interested in making your own cloth masks or making cloth masks for others? Check out the CDC's instructions for creating both sew and no sew masks here https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html
Do you have trouble with your glasses fogging while wearing your mask? Real Simple shares the science behind the technique for keeping those glasses fog free.

One of our awesome Supports Brokers, Pamela, has created a YouTube channel with a multitude of different videos, from cooking to meditation. Check it out!

"The Philadelphia Organization of Health Professions Students (POHPS) is a coalition of over 2,000 students from various medical and health-profession programs across the greater Philadelphia area. Our organization was born out of the COVID-19 pandemic as a collaborative effort to mitigate the effects of the virus on our community." If you are interested in learning more about how this organization is working to combat the effects of Covid-19 on the Philadelphia Community you can check out their website and resources here https://www.pohps.org/
The Mighty is a safe, supportive community for people facing health challenges and the people who care for them. Subscribe to their newsletter which will provide updates, tips and support throughout this pandemic. They will be hosting Hang Outs throughout the weeks ahead and their full virtual event schedule can be found on their website https://themighty.com/

Having trouble not touching your face? I know many of us don't even know we're doing it! But with the recommendation from the CDC it's imperative we try our best. Smarter Travel has written an article with tips to help us do just that.

Smarter Travel also shares virtual vacations! Check out the link experience a virtual vacation in Paris or listen to a Meditative Audio Tour down the Mekong River in Vietnam https://www.smartertravel.com/destinations/ 
Need a new read? Check your local library's website for downloadable books for borrow. You can also visit the Library of Congress online to read some of the classics. Or you can listen to some of your favorite authors speak about their work
Have you already finished all the puzzles in your house? Good news! Use one of these websites to check out some jigsaw puzzles you can do online!

And please remember...as we continue to physically distance ourselves, we are all in this......

AND DON'T FORGET TO WASH YOUR HANDS!

This Resource Guide was created in collaboration with all stakeholders of Values Into Action; working in partnership to stay connected while physically distancing. Organized & designed by Allison McGill.

Credits:

Created with images by Petter Rudwall - "We arrived at Öland, the largest island in Sweden, just as the sun shine their last rays through the window and created this magic light. Hours later, a storm hit and changed to entire mood in the small cabin." • Annie Spratt - "Wildflowers at Uppark House Garden, Petersfield" • Gustavo Zambelli - "Balboa House" • Harry Cunningham - "Instagram: @harry.digital Model: @Sergio_snaps" • Volodymyr Hryshchenko - "orange sheets of paper lie on a green school board and form a chat bubble with three crumpled papers." • Tim Goedhart - "Out of everything optional, this one is least optional! This wall is found in the center of Amsterdam!" • Sam Owoyemi - "untitled image" • madison lavern - "I met a beautiful soul, Victoria. She shines in the light, her soul escapes through her skin to show us all who she is. yogagen.co @yogagenapp" • Le Minh Phuong - "http://en.falundafa.org/" • Heather Barnes - "untitled image" • Steve Johnson - "Abstact Painting" • Alex Simpson - "untitled image" • Claudia Lorusso - "Fallingwater House, Frank Lloyd Wright, Pennsylvania" • Wes Hicks - "untitled image" • Alev Takil - "untitled image" • Larisa Birta - "String quartet in Oradea" • Jordhan Madec - "Walkin in New York’s Soho neighborhood on a rainy day…" • Kyle Head - "My brother recently landed a feature role in an amateur theatre production of “Singing In The Rain”. Despite what the title infers - there is nothing amateur about it. Production value is high, and the acting takes you out of the auditorium and into your own magical sing-song world. Needless to say - a very proud brother right here." • Vadim Fomenok - "show-ballet putti" • Peter Lewicki - "Theatre Interior" • Ethan Ou - "untitled image" • Viktor Theo - "untitled image" • Shaun Low - "untitled image" • Gideon.Photo - "untitled image" • Vanessa Bucceri - "untitled image" • Alireza Attari - "Music for everyone" • Aaron Burden - "untitled image" • Emma Matthews Digital Content Production - "Letter Board Flat Lay" • Bára Buri - "Face mask" • Danny - "untitled image" • Hans-Peter Gauster - "You’ve got your work cut out for you." • Adi Goldstein - "Together Gratify"