TPGA’s Resources for COVID-19 Times

This is a selection of resources for autistic and/or disabled people and their family members during the COVID-19 pandemic. Feel free to suggest more options in the comments.

COVID-19 Information including Plain Language, Easy Read format, and Social Stories Resources

Animated COVID19 explainer for people with developmental disabilities (Oregon Office of Developmental Disabilities Services)

Autism and the Corona virus (Dr. Peter Vermeulen)

CDC’s COVID-19 Information For People With Disabilities:

COVID-19: Advice and resources for autistic people during the pandemic (

One Autistic’s Guide to Thriving During Social Isolation / Social Distancing (Marie Porter)

Plain Language Booklet: My COVID-19 Plan

The “Now, Next, Later” autistic-specific planning strategy (Jamie and Lion)

Thoughts from a Quarantined Autistic (Autistically Alex)

Social Stories explaining COVID-19 to people with developmental disabilities

We are Heroes: A Plain Language Guide about Covid-19 (A4A Ontario)

What You Need to Know About COVID-19: A Plain Language Video (ASAN and Rooted in Rights)

General COVID-19 information 

California Regional Centers information:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information (CDC)

COVID-19 Tracker (Autistic Self Advocacy Network)

The COVID Tracking Project

How the Virus Got Out (New York Times)

World Health Organization, including daily updates:

Practical Advice and Resources

5 ways to improve hospital experiences for autistic adults (AASPIRE)

Automated Daily Check in Call for People Living Alone (I Am Fine)

COVID-19-Specific advice for managing stress and anxiety (CDC)

Determining Circles of Support

Empty Grocery Shelves Are Alarming, But They’re Not Permanent (NPR)

Emergency Checklists Form

Emergency Plan Form

How to Clean Your Home for Coronavirus (New York Times)

How to Make a No-Sew Face Mask (Japanese Creations)

How to Make Gel Hand Sanitizer (WikiHow)

How to safely grocery shop during COVID19 times (Dr. Jeffrey VanWingen)

How You Should Get Food During the Pandemic (The Atlantic)

My Health Passport Form

Practical Do’s and Don’ts about pets, sex, grocery handling, etc. (Mercury News)

Understanding Competing Accessibility Needs (Brooke Winters, TPGA)


If I Wrote a Coronavirus Episode (Vulture)


Machines of BART coloring sheets; click on the illustrations (Bay Area Rapid Transit)

Magical Bridge’s FREE virtual concerts and sing-a-longs series

Netflix Party Browser: synchronized remote Netflix viewing (Chrome Browser Extension)

Science Fiction Short Stories of Hope and Happiness, Resistance and Resilience (curated by Maria Haskins at Strange Horizons)

Sir Patrick Stewart reads Shakespearean Sonnets

Advocacy and Rights Resources

Coronavirus: How These Disabled Activists Are Taking Matters Into Their Own (Sanitized) Hands (KQED)

Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA)

COVID-19 Advocacy and Resources (DREDF)

COVID-19 Communication Rights Toolkit (Communication First)

COVID-19 Disability Community Wide Resources (Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies)

Disaster Hotline (800) 626-4959

COVID-19 Resources (Center for Public Representation)

COVID-19 Resources (The Arc)

Disability Demands

Doctors Should Not Abandon the Principle of Nondiscrimination (Ari Ne’eman, New York Times)

How People of Color Can Advocate for Themselves During Emergency Room Visits (ZORA)

How to Make Your Virtual Meetings and Events Accessible to the Disability Community (Rooted in Rights)

Justice Means a Disability Justice Means a Disability-centered approach to COVID-19 (SinsInvalid)

LGBTQ community and COVID-19 (Dorchester Reporter)

Preventing Discrimination in the Treatment of COVID-19 Patients: The Illegality of Medical Rationing on the Basis of Disability (DREDF)

Classroom, Homeschool, and Life-Long Learning

Audible’s Stories collection, with selection from Littlest Learners to Teens, is making free audiobooks available “as long as schools are closed”:

California State Parks Virtual Field Trips

California Academy of Sciences At Home

Educating All Learners Alliance

Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions due to School Closings, from Amazing Educational Resources (note that we have not vetted all the sites listed, so proceed with thoughtfulness):

Free live online classes to support public school families affected by closures in the wake of COVID-19 (Outschool)

How Students Around The World Are Learning and Staying Positive (UNICEF)

How Stuff Works

Learn ASL (American Sign Language) Online, from Meriah Nichols

NASA Kids Club

PV Story Time: Children’s Books Read Aloud

Storyline Online: Children’s books read by celebrities

Donations, Relief, and Supports 

Blood Donation FAQ (Stanford Blood Centers)

COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund (WHO)

Domestic Violence Hotline

Emergency Funds for Freelancers, Creatives Losing Income During Coronavirus (KQED)

Food Relief and Donations (Boys and Girls Club)

Food Pantries and COVID-19 (Kelly’s Kitchen)

Relief Funds for Undocumented Workers in California