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The Arc of New Mexico created a Guidance Document to help individuals with I/DD and their support network plan for an unexpected hospitalization (for whatever reason) in an environment where visitors and known supports are restricted. Some people will need known support in a hospitalization. In New Mexico that is allowed, but individual advocacy at the moment of hospitalization might be needed to justify that accommodation.April 21, 2020 at 1:30 pm in reply to: Strategies and Practical Resources for Home Use While Social Distancing #14083
Easy-to-understand pamphlet explaining COVID-19 and how to stay healthy: https://littlepuddins.ie/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/The-Corona-Virus-Free-Printable-Updated-2-The-Autism-Educator-.pdf
I am so sorry to hear about your difficult situation. I will try to offer a few resources to try at this time:
- Your local Center for Independent Living is staffed by others with disabilities who can connect you with the immediate help available.
- Look for project-based affordable housing in your area or at least get on a waiting list for a housing voucher from your Public Housing Authority (PHA). This website will give you a list of project-based affordable housing units AND tell you who your PHA is and if the waitlist is open.
- If in a pinch, see if any transitional housing may be available near you.
- The Autism Society offers a helpline to get help over the phone by calling 800-3AUTISM (800-328-8476).
Hope you find some options for your family soon.
Parent Resource Guide (FAU Center for Autism and Related Disabilities) contains “At Home Teaching Support” for Pre-K through High school. County Specific Resources, Florida Department of Education Resources, General Autism Resources, General Covid-19 Resources, Mental Health, Social Stories, Secondary Resources.March 9, 2020 at 10:12 am in reply to: Looking for families in Central MA interested in congregate housing #13914
Another place to connect would be in facebook groups. This particular one is an advocacy group, but you might be able to make some connections with other families locally: https://www.facebook.com/mfofc/
Sorry about the slow response and that you are having difficulties finding that. Are you on a phone or computer? It works best on a computer and make sure the window is in full screen. There will be a box on the right hand side. If you are on your phone, the search tools will be below the map. There is no “submit” button. As you check or uncheck boxes or change your search, the map and list will automatically update. I hope that helps.
I am sorry to hear about your difficult situation. I can try to offer you a few resources:
1) You can contact your local Center for Independent Living who may be able to get you immediate help as well as help you access affordable housing.
2) You can also contact your state Protection & Advocacy Organization who provides FREE LEGAL COUNSEL to individuals and families with disabilities. http://www.ndrn.org/images/Documents/Media/PA_CAP_LIST_2017_Revised.pdf
3) Look for available affordable housing in your area or at least get on a waiting list: https://affordablehousingonline.com/
4) See if any transitional housing may be available: https://www.transitionalhousing.org/
5) You can also get help over the phone by calling The Autism Society: Contact Center at 800-3AUTISM (800-328-8476)
I hope this helps get you started. Best of luck!
The housing listings will automatically filter and update as you select or un-select options. Please let us know if you need any other help using the site. Thank you!
Thank you for the feedback. We are in the process of updating the website and appreciate all suggestions to make it easier to navigate and more user-friendly. In the meantime, the housing filters should immediately filter as you click or type anything in. Let us know if you need help with anything else.
I apologize for the slow response and I understand the frustration when seeking out options for your child. Because of overwhelming requests, and our inability to help everyone one-on-one right away, we have created a few tools to get you started in exploring options.
1) It’s important to explore what type of housing and support arrangements may fit your loved one best. I suggest watching our Virtual Tour of Housing options video series to get an idea of options: http://www.autismhousingnetwork.org/education/virtual-tour-housing-options/
2) Here are our suggestions on how to use the resources on the Autism Housing Network to start moving forward with a plan. There are financial assistance and support systems, but they are disconnected so the key is understanding them and seeing if your loved one would qualify. DO NOT count your income or any help you give her financially when questions ask about “income”: http://www.autismhousingnetwork.org/education/explore-housing-options/
3) We do offer direct consultations for a $100 fee which helps us continue to run our free programming. I would try to understand your family needs and preferences which would lead to a list of steps, links to options and resources specifically for your situation. Simply fill out this form if you would like to schedule a consultation: http://www.autismhousingnetwork.org/schedule-30-minute-consultation/
Hope this is a good start!