COVID-19 Information and Resources

Montana Updates and Resources

Resources related to the Governor of the State of Montana, Mr. Steve Bullock, executive order declaring a state of emergency to exist within the state of Montana related to the communicable disease COVID-19, also known as coronavirus (March 12, 2020).

Updates for Montanans are available through these options:

COVID-19 phone line: 1-888-333-0461

COVID-19 questions for public:  covid19info@mt.gov

COVID-19 Web site:  http://covid19.mt.gov

National Updates and Resources

To learn what you can do in response to COVID-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Multilingual Resources

Hesperian Health Guides has developed this accessible and clearly written Coronavirus Fact Sheet now in 13 languages (with more to be released in the next few days).  It is available now in

EnglishSpanishFrench,ChineseUrduBanglaFilipinoVietnamese,Bahasa IndonesiaFarsiSindhiTelugu, and Hindion Hesperian Health Guides website. Fact sheets in Shona, Portuguese, Arabic, and Chichewa are on the way.

International Resources

In the light of the COVID-19 pandemic and with the aim to support a disability-inclusive response to the crisis, the International Disability Alliance (IDA) has launched a webpage to share the most recent updates and resources as they become available.  The webpage includes IDA’s key recommendations toward a Disability-Inclusive COVID19 Response and as well a compilation of useful resources related to COVID-19 and the disability movement.

The recommendations are available on the IDA COVID-19 webpage.

Individuals with updates on how COVID 19 is affecting persons with disabilities in their areas of work, or who want to share any good practices or lessons learnt, please contact IDA inclusive humanitarian adviser Ms Elham Youssefian via emailing eyoussefian@ida-secretariat.org.

Resources for Seniors and People with Disabilities

    • For seniors and people with disabilities, the U.S. HHS Administration on Community Living is updating resources on its website, available at: https://acl.gov/COVID-19.  ACL is updating this page frequently.

 

 

 

    • National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals, Inc (NADSP) webinar on COVID-19.  This 35 minute webinar was presented by our Medical Advisor, Dr. Rick Rader, and it provides clarity about the virus as well as ways to protect and support people who may be at higher risk of being infected.  This webinar on COVID-19 was hosted earlier this week for DSPs on the Covid-19 (Joseph M. Macbeth, Chief Executive Officer / President, jmacbeth@nadsp.org, www.nadsp.org).
        • Summary: The current worldwide news about the emergence of the Coronavirus is on everyone’s list of concerns, questions and insecurities. We created this webinar specifically for Direct Support Professionals to provide them with guidelines for understanding the virus, protecting the individuals they support in the community and offering reliable resources for ongoing news and practices.

       

      • Takeaways:
          • What is the Coronavirus and what is the realistic level of its threat. How can we better understand the potential for its “spread.”

         

          • What can the DSP do to mitigate the risk of the virus.

         

          • How can the DSP minimize the confusion, fears and anxiety about the virus on behalf of the individuals they support. How to differentiate fact from mythology about the virus. How “misinformation” can be as bad as “no information.”

         

        • What are the current recommendations regarding recognizing the symptoms, medical treatment, prevention protocols and outcomes.
    • Resource on COVID-19 developed by Green Mountain Self-advocates for individuals with ID/DD. This resource is an 8-page booklet about the Coronavirus written in plain language. It was created by and for people with developmental disabilities. It focuses on “need to know” information. There is an English version [selfadvocacyinfo.org] and Spanish version [protect2.fireeye.com].

 

Online Physical Activity Resources

To help maintain your physical activity levels, consider on-line resources available on the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) website.  Here are examples:  An extensive listing of physical activity resources for people with all types of disabilities, several alternatives for activities you can do at home, great demonstrations of how to make necessary accommodations, and how to address barriers of all types.  They even have their own “How To Video Series” (see below) and a new Inclusive Workout From Home Toolkit (PDF).

NCHPAD How To Video Series– Physical Activity

  1. Champion’s Rx, a high-intensity daily workout program designed for individuals that are currently active and that incorporates all ability levels. The workouts have been divided into three main classes. Class A is for individuals who can use all four limbs, individuals with ambulatory CP, and individuals with limb loss. Class B is for individuals who have use of their upper body, including some core. This may include individuals with paraplegia, some individuals with CP, and individuals with double above the knee limb loss. Class C is for individuals with limited use of their upper body with possible impairment in their grip. This may include individuals with quadriplegia and those with highly involved CP.
  2. 14 Weeks to a Healthier You.  A free, personalized, web-based physical activity and nutrition program, for people with mobility limitations, chronic health conditions and physical disabilities.  The Goal of this 14-week program is to help you get moving and making healthy nutrition choices.
  3. Inclusive Yoga: A Practice for Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury.  This 35 minute yoga video is a first-of-its-kind practice for individuals with a disability.
  4. Kids Corner. Resources that engage youth, parents, and professionals working with youth with disabilities.
  5. Life Help via Chat on their Website, http://NCHPAD.org

Last updated March 20, 2020

Montana Disability and Health Program