We are adding to this resources page on a regular basis, so be sure to bookmark it and check back!

ASL Coronavirus for Kids:

children's guide to Coronavirus, presented in ASL by USD ASL/English Specialist, Sandy Scott. This video is for Deaf elementary kids and will hopefully calm any fears they may have.

ASL Services Video: COVID-19 Relaxation Resources For Kids

This video walks through various resources to address relaxation techniques for kids and discusses different apps for mobile devices and tablets, as well as some breathing and relaxation activities.

ASL Services Video: COVID-19 Resources For Kids Part 2 

This video expands on some of the deeper resources that were referenced in the original video, such as the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN).

ASL Services Video: Talking to Your Child About COVID-19 

The goal of this video is to provide practical strategies to adults on how to talk to children about COVID-19. It will provide a basic explanation of what COVID-19 is and review the healthy behaviors recommended by the CDC and the WHO.

COVID-19 ASL Video Series from CDC

COVID-19 ASL video series from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explaining COVID-19 in American Sign Language (ASL).

Deafverse

Deafverse is the first-ever American Sign Language (ASL) accessible online game for deaf teenagers and is the go-to game for at-home learning.

Educational Videos Made for Students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing

This website offers educational videos made for students who are deaf/hard of hearing on a range of topics, including literacy, social studies, math, life skills, and wellness & creative arts.

E-Learning Resources for Children with Hearing Loss

This website offers e-learning resources for children with hearing loss that may be helpful for providing instruction to students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Establishing Routines at Home Slides & Fact Sheet

During these uncertain times, it has never been more important to establish routines within the home. As a part of their webinar series, NCDB hosted a virtual talk titled, "Establishing Routines at Home." Open the presentation slides for the Establishing Routines at Home webinar and the corresponding Fact Sheet to learn more about this topic!

Ideas for Story Time Experiences:

Parent Resources for Virtual and At-Home Learning from CSB

California School for the Blind (CSB) created a website with parent resources for virtual and at-home learning on topics from math/STEM to art to orientation and mobility.

Resources for TVIs

Free and paid resources for TVIs that support online instruction. 

School Resources

COVID-19 Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel

Student Rights

COPAA Statement on Student Rights Under IDEA During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Distance Educational Resources from the NFB

Distance educational resources from the National Federation of the Blind including hands-on activities for children and their families, virtual interactive lessons, and Braille Story Time videos.

ExCEL Academy for Students with Visual Impairments

Virtual Expanded Core Education Learning (ExCEL) Academy offers engaging lessons for students with a variety of abilities.

HKNC Free E-Learning Opportunities

The Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults (HKNC) is offering access to their online courses free of charge until May 31st. Please contact your HKNC regional representative or email PLD@hknc.org if you are interested in these classes.

NYDBC Conference Call & Webinar Series for Families & Professionals

The NYDBC Distance Learning Series Plan for Families & Professionals contains links to the previous webinar recordings and dates for future webinars.

Teacher Resources During Virtual learning

Curriculum and professional development online classes and webinars for teachers during virtual learning.

6 Free Online Speech Therapy Resources for Kids

Online speech therapy resources offer your child a way to refine and practice their speech and language skills at home.

ABC Countdown! - Beginning May 22

ABC Countdown begins May 22, 2020, with the Letter "A", we will do family-fun activities that get us ready for summertime! Connect with us for these virtual interactions each day for something to look forward to and to help bring on the excitement of the academic school year being done and summer being upon us! All activities will be posted to DB Central's Facebook page! For more information, click on the ABC Countdown to SUMMER Flyer

At-Home Activities from Perkins School for the Blind

These at-home activities from the Perkins School for the Blind offer information, tips and activities from their teachers to help you keep your child engaged in learning, no matter where the lessons take place. 

CVI-Friendly Videos

Alissa DeSousa has created CVI-friendly videos for children with cortical visual impairment using bubble words, solid black backgrounds with reduced visual complexity, movement, and other adaptations of familiar songs and stories.  See her YouTube channel of CVI Videos for the full list.

Distance Learning for Orientation and Mobility from FSDB

The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind has created a website for resources that focus on orientation and mobility while working through distance learning. Use the tabs on the left-hand side to navigate through different activities, videos, and resources.

Easy Indoor Activities for Kids

This website offers easy indoor activities for getting kids moving.

Free Educational Resources and Activities

This website has links to a ton of free educational activities and resources and gets updated daily.

Maryland School for the Blind Music Therapy with Ms. Danni

Ms. Danni is the music therapist at Maryland School for the Blind. While we are out of school, she is providing fun music therapy activities that you can participate in at home.

Paths To Literacy: Fun Family Activities

Check out Paths To Literacy's blog for fun stay-at-home activities for the entire family! Whether you are exploring your kitchen, or creating a tactile book, these activities are sure to keep your children busy! 

Physical Education Games and Activities

Physical education games and activities for home for individuals with multiple disabilities. Check out other options under the "Daily Schedule" tab.

Playing with Words: A Collaborative Approach to Play-Based Storytelling

Playing with Words is a collaborative approach to play-based storytelling with students who are blind or visually impaired who have additional disabilities, including those who are autistic or deafblind.

Read-Alouds of Early Literacy Books

During this time when children are unexpectedly at home, not everyone has access to braille books with tactile illustration. TVI Tracy Fitch reads aloud from two early literacy books by Suzette Wright from American Printing House for the Blind (APH): That's Not My Bear and Splish the Fish.

Stay-at-Home Activities for Children with Visual Impairments

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it's important to have fun stay-at-home activities for children with visual impairments to keep them engaged. Some children may be able to be self-directed with homework and reading, while others will need more active engagement with adults. Parents often have competing demands, with other children, working from home, or just getting through the day. We hope that some of these ideas may be helpful during this time!

While You Are Home: Activities for Children with CVI

A blog post from Paths to Literacy for at-home ideas to do with children with CVI.

COVID-19 Core Communication Board: A Free Resource for Medical Communication

The TechOWL team has developed the COVID-19 Core Communication Board to meet the needs of adults with complex communication needs. It can also be used by those who are ventilator dependent.

Freedom Scientific is offering those in the US and Canada a Free Short-Term Home License of JAWS, ZoomText, or Fusion which will expire August 31, 2020.

CHARGE Syndrome Foundation Family Assistance Program

If you have an individual with CHARGE in your household and have a change in your financial situation as a result of COVID-19, please apply (US & Canada Only) for the CHARGE Syndrome Foundation Family Assistance Program.

Supporting Families During COVID-19 from Child Mind Institute

We know parents are struggling to balance work, child care and self-care while keeping worries — both your children’s and your own — under control. You don’t have to do it alone. The Child Mind Institute supports families during COVID-19.

Texas Families Together

Families with children who are visually impaired or deafblind, join for an hour of sharing, connecting, and encouraging as only families can do with each other. This is YOUR time so settle your kiddos in an activity where they can be safely entertained, grab a snack and drink, and give yourself this hour! Join Texas Families Together for three different one-hour sessions every Tuesday at 10:00 AM, 3:00 PM, and 6:00 PM (Central Time). Join via Zoom.