- COVID-19 Toolkit
- Stay Healthy
- Stay Safe
- Stay Connected
- My Safe Home Plan
- My Health Form
- My Rights
The COVID-19, or Coronavirus, outbreak has left a lot of people in need of new or different resources and clear information. While the situation continues to change all the time, we want you to have access to the information and tools you need to stay healthy, safe, and connected. We will update this information as we get it. We also encourage you to be frequently checking the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website for more up to date information about COVID-19 and what you should be doing: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/index.html
What You Need to Know
COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus, is a serious illness spreading around the world. There are ways you can stay healthy and keep it from spreading to other people. Keep reading this page to learn what you can do to stay healthy.
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is an illness that spreads to other people easily. The common symptoms are fever, difficult breathing, and cough. For many people it is like getting a bad cold or the flu but some people can get very sick and end up in the hospital.
For more information on COVID-19 visit: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
Watch the Stay Healthy Training video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCklITpR9d0
The COVID-19 outbreak has temporarily changed how people are living and working. But there are still things you can ask for and do to stay safe during this time.
Watch the Stay Safe Training video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdZUCAE7KPY
What is Social Distancing?
Social distancing means staying away from places where many people might gather like a movie theater, church, grocery stores when crowded, concerts, large family gatherings – any place where many people might be. It means keeping space between you and others in most places you go. This could be at work, the grocery store, or the doctor. Think about standing at least 6 feet away from other people which is about the length of a person. This also means not visiting family and friends, not going to work, not going to church, not going to day services, not going to school, and not going to places in the community.
During this time, you may be wondering how to see my friends or family, my care manager or IRIS consultant, my co-workers-all the people you see every day. The good thing is there are many ways to connect with other people. People can connect on their phones, computers, IPADS, smart phones. There are many services being offered free now for people who can’t leave their houses.
Check out our list of activities to try while you are practicing social distancing! We are updating it all the time with cool new things we are finding!
Watch the Stay Connected Training video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7V4Y3LRLWIw
Make sure you have everything you need to be safe at home. Communicate with the trusted people in your life about your plan and your needs.
Watch the My Safer at Home Plan video from the Self-Determination Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJLk9pUs89U
and the Is My Home Safe? video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1UyoXdeG94
People can have COVID-19 for 1 to 14 days before they feel sick. If you do get sick, the most common symptoms are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Most people (about 80%) get better without needing special treatment from the hospital.
Its good to have a health plan, just in case. This document has tips on what you can do before and while you are sick to stay safe. It also has a form you can fill out that will help a medical professionals know more about your symptoms and needs if you do have to get special treatment for COVID-19.
Watch the My Health Form Training video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZdVrzSY4Z8
Despite everything going on during COVID-19, you have rights that don’t change. We have worked with the Managed Care Organizations to put together a sheet for you and one for providers that list the rights you still have even in this difficult time.
This Plain Language Rights Booklet talks about your rights during COVID, while you are working, and when you return to services. It also gives you a brief overview of risk assessments.
Facilities and providers are beginning to re-open and resume services. To do that safely, while protecting the health of participants and ensuring their rights, there are some important factors to consider.
You can find more resources and guidance on safely re-opening at the DHS COVID-19: Long-Term Care Facilities and Services website.
Learn More About the Living Well Project
How it Works
- A Consortium is created that includes a variety of perspectives including individuals living in diverse settings, families, employment experts, advocates, service providers, teachers, etc. The Consortium drives the project and decides what to focus on and what strategies to use.
- Pilot sites are selected in five communities to implement a set of intervention strategies and awareness building activities. A minimum of 20 individuals with disabilities will receive services.
- A coaching team will provide training and technical assistance on topics such as self-advocacy, supported decision-making, personal futures planning, community-based services and competitive integrated-employment.
- A policy team will implement the policy recommendations from the Consortium and put them into action
- To improve coordination of consortium partners on community capacity building and community monitoring as evidenced by shared goals, resources, and measurement
- To increase the perceived capacity among all five stakeholder groups to self- assess, monitor, report, reduce and/or remediate situations and environments for health, safety and quality of life
- To increase the number of communities, organizations, and systems implementing recommended policies and practices
- To increase the number of communities, organizations, and systems implementing a comprehensive community monitoring system
- To increase the health, safety, independence, and well-being of people with I/DD as measured by CQL’s 21 quality of life indicators measurement tool between baseline and follow-up measures
- Waisman University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
- Disability Rights Wisconsin
- WI Department of Health Services: Division of Long-term Care and Supports; Adult Protective Services; Division of Quality Assurances; Office of Caregiver Quality
- WI Department of Justice
- Managed Care Organizations
- IRIS Consultant Agencies
- The Arc Wisconsin
- InControl Wisconsin
- Wisconsin People First and Self-advocates
- Service Providers
Our Pilot and Mentor Sites
- Community Living Connections
- Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin
- LOV inc
- SOAR Fox Cities
- Opportunities, inc
- Opportunity Development Center
- Grantor: Administration for Community Living
- Other Recipients:
- The Curators of the University of Missouri on behalf of Missouri-Kansas City
- Indiana Family and Social Services Administration
- The Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education—Alaska
- The Regents of the University of Idaho