Special Education COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Resources for Families of Students with Disabilities

May 21, 2020

Families of Minnesota students with disabilities need extra help to stay connected to school and learning while also staying safe and healthy at home. The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) is providing information and links on this page to help. The Minnesota Children’s Cabinet also has helpful information and resources for families.

What’s New

COVID-19 resources for people with autism, their families, providers and educators from Minnesota Autism Resource Portal


Distance Learning and Special Education

PACER Center: PACER leaders and staff understand families of students with disabilities because they are those families. MDE and PACER work closely together to support students with disabilities and their families. Find tips and links here about:

  • Distance learning.
  • Social and emotional learning and supports.
  • Activities you can do at home.
  • Privacy for you and your student.

View more information on the PACER Center website.

View tips on distance learning and special education for families from Google Sites. A variety of tips from around the world on distance learning and family supports.

Find links to other groups that can help with special education and disabilities on the Special Education Guide website. A general list of family support and information sites across the nation.

Family and Support at Home

View the Family Activity Guide on the MDE website.

Family Voices of Minnesota: Community resources, supports, and connections for families of children with disabilities and promotes care for patients and families. View Family Voices of Minnesota on Facebook.

Facebook: View lists of other Facebook groups for families of children with disabilities from A Day in Our Shoes and MommyPoppins.com.

Guides to help teach self-determination from the University of Kansas: tools to help students and young adults work on independence and self-advocacy.

Autism-specific resources: provides seven support strategies for support children with autism during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Videos that can help you deal with problem behaviors on YouTube. Tips on managing behaviors. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has tips about making a Family Action Plan to be ready to deal with any problems.

Finding Services and Supports

Disability Hub MN: Information and links on the Disability Hub can help you:

  • Balance work, child care and other tasks and keep worries under control.
  • Keep your family safe and connected.
  • Find child care, transportation, health and community services.

View more information on the Disability Hub MN website.

Family Stress and Mental Health

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): Important information about mental health, warning signs, conditions and a guide with helpful facts in English and Spanish. View more information on the NAMI website; ver La Guía COVID-19.

Hotlines and other information to provide emotional support in situations such as COVID-19 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Mental Health First Aid: How to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use from the National Council for Behavioral Health.

Help and tips for families and caregivers about COVID-19 and other difficult and traumatic events from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. Many resources that help families deal with a wide variety of trauma.

COVID-19 Facts and Help

If you need to work in or go into other homes, see the Guidance for Workers who Visit Homes.

Plain language information on COVID-19: COVID-19 Information by and for People with Disabilities from Contra Costa Health Services; plain language information In multiple languages from Green Mountain Self-Advocates.