What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a new illness spread around the world. It is nicknamed Coronavirus.
Learn more about the illness and what to do if you think you are sick
Thank you to The Arc Maryland for partnering with the Council to publish this booklet, with plain language and picture supports. This version of the booklet was updated 4/24/2020.
Information for people with developmental disabilities
Face Covering FAQ’s
What are face coverings? Why do we need to wear face coverings? When should I wear a face covering?
“FAQs on Face Coverings” answers these questions and more. Click the button below for the accessible PDF version of the FAQs.
Special COVID-19 Payments
What is the stimulus payment, and what should I do with it?
The Council, in partnership with Maryland ABLE, Maryland Department of Disabilities, and the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration developed FAQ’s sheets, with information specific to the COVID-19 Stimulus Payments.
Beware of Frauds and Scams
During the COVID-19 pandemic some people pretend to be helpers or people who work for the government. Sometimes they want to commit a fraud or scam. They may try to take money from you, they may want your personal information so they can pretend to be you in the future, or some people are just dishonest.
Learn more about frauds and scams in our easy to understand fact sheet.
Additional Plain Language Resources
- Information on COVID-19 in plain language
- Para obtener más información en español, haga clic aquí.
- Tips for working with support staff during the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Words to know about coronavirus
Thank you to the Green Mountain Self-Advocacy Group for publishing this resource in Plain Language. Thank you to the California Developmental Disabilities Council for translating the booklet into Spanish.
The Center for Dignity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities released a fact sheet for people with disabilities to know their rights during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Know Your Rights
The Maryland Department of Disabilities and the Maryland Department of Health issued a memo to hospitals, outlining the minimum policies that must be put into effect, to ensure support persons are able to accompany, visit, and stay with people with disabilities while in the hospital. Thank you to Secretary Beatty and Secretary Neall for their work to ensure this critical support is provided to people with disabilities. To read the full memo, click the link below.
How do I know if it is coronavirus, and when should I see a doctor?
tools to communicate
Content for this card was initially developed by the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Additional elements were also used with permission by the Wisconsin Council on Physical Disabilities.
tips to stay healthy
This video is shared with permission from the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities.
The CDC released the COVID-19 toolkit for people with disabilties
The CDC released guidance for group homes and DSPs who provide assistance to people with disabilities. Many of the recommendations for COVID-19 preparation and response described in those guidance documents also apply to caregivers and DSPs for people with developmental and behavioral disorders.
The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings
Click the video to learn how to make a face covering with items you have in your home.
Information for Council Grantees
The COVID-19 pandemic is creating unprecedented responses by federal, state, and local governments. This guidance, effective March 20, 2020, details requirements for Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council (Council) grantees to follow during the COVID-19 Pandemic. For more information, click the button below.
The Council maintains operations during this time. All staff can be contacted via email or by leaving a message on their direct line. Staff make every effort to return all messages within 24 hours. Click here for Council Staff contact information.
Maryland Specific Information
For information that is specific to Maryland, visit the Maryland Department of Health. Information is updated on this site daily, at 10:00 am, EST.
Please join the Developmental Disabilities Administration‘s (DDA) Deputy Secretary, Bernie Simons for the most up-to-date information related to the DDA service delivery system. Webinars will be held every other Friday from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (unless otherwise announced) Register here.