Parents of children with a developmental disability and people who experience disabilities who are 16 years and older can now get the COVID-19 vaccine. You should have already been contacted by your child's service coordinator or personal agent.
To get more information, visit COVID-19 Vaccine in Oregon. Alternately, text ORCOVID to 898211 to receive text updates, send an email to ORCOVID@211info.org, or call the 211 Call Center at 1-866-698-6155 (TTY: Dial 711 and call 1-866-698-6155) between the hours of 6 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.
The Arc U.S. has created videos to help people better understand the pandemic. Topics include:
What is COVID-19?
How is coronavirus affecting people with disabilities?
Supports people with disabilities during the coronavirus
Wearing masks to help prevent the spread of coronavirus
Getting back to normal after COVID-19
Put Your Advocacy into Action!
The Oregon State Legislature has started its long legislative session, which includes setting the budget for the next biennium. Even though the Capitol remains closed due to COVID, you can still participate in the legislative session.
You can help make a difference!Sign up and participate in theDD Advocacy Day on Feb. 10. Or, findWho Represents Youand send your representative and senator an email to share what the family network means to you and your family. Even better, schedule a time to meet your legislators via Zoom and share your story face-to-face.
ENJOY FUN VALENTINE ACTIVITY
Families Connected and the University of Oregon Best Buddies will host a Valentine Arts and Crafts event on Wednesday, February 10. Families can pick up a craft kit prior to the event and then join the group via Zoom for a fun crafting evening together.
Families living in Florence and Mapleton are also invited to pick up a Valentine Day Craft Kit provided by the Oregon Family Support Network, the Autism Society of Oregon and The Arc Families Connected.
If your child has struggled to access special education services during distance learning, has not received necessary services or if comprehensive distance learning has not worked, parents have the legal right to ask for compensatory education. Disability Rights Oregon recently released guidance onRequesting Compensatory Education Due to COVID-19.
PARENTS AS PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKERS
Families of children 18 years and younger with significant support needs can be paid temporarily as Personal Support Workers (PSWs) to provide supports to their children during the COVID pandemic.
It takes time to become a PSW. Interested parents should contact their child's service coordinator to get this process started.
Families Connected will host a Conversation about Parents as Paid Support Professionals on Tuesday, February 23. Representatives from Lane County Developmental Disabilities Services, The Arc Lane County and the Employer Resource Connection will be available to answer parent questions.
OREGON WILDFIRE RESOURCES
Families affected by the Holiday Farm Fire may call the Safe + Strong Helpline at1-800-923-HELP (4357) for referrals to professional services and information about disaster-related community services. Learn more at Helping Our Oregon Communities Recover from Wildfires.
Also, The Arc Lane County is one of the Oregon Health Authority's community-based organizations, providing wraparound supports to families affected by the wildfires and COVID-19. For assistance, visit the CARES Center.