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COVID19 help for adults with learning disabilities

Coronoavirus help for adults with learning disabilities

We have produced a number of FAQs to help people with learning disabilities access the latest information on COVID-19 and find information and further advice and support online. Have a look at the queries below which we’ll be constantly updating.

The Prime Minister's letter which went out to all households explaining the current situation with COVID-19 is also available in an easy read version.

NHS England has an easy read poster which helps to explain coronavirus. 

MENCAP has a range of great resources on its website including an easy to read guide. 

The Wiltshire Parent Carer Council also has a selection of social stories on their website to help explain the coronavirus and why social isolation and social distancing is important: 

Books Beyond Words has produced some short wordless stories to help people to understand what to do if they have Coronavirus and how to keep themselves and others safe. The stories also show how to safely help others who may be self-isolating, and explain social distancing, lockdown, and support with mental health and daily routines suggestions. Supplementary text at the end of the stories give information on where people can seek help if they are unwell, and signposts to other useful resources.

There are several titles available on the Books Beyond Words website including: Beating the Virus and Good Days and Bad Days During Lockdown. All titles are free to download from the Books Beyond Website, and a free video of the Beating the Virus book is available on YouTube.

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Purple All Stars Hand Washing Rap Video is a fun guide to handwashing you can share.

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There are a range of local organisations who have social media groups including:

When using social media, please be safe. Mencap has an excellent guide on how to use the internet safely.

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The government has said that everyone is entitled to go shopping for essential items. The government has a range of accessible information guides available on what people can do.

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You can only spend time with people who you live with. You must not meet up with friends and family. Lots of people are using social media such as Facebook, Skype and WhatsApp to see their friends and family.

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The Department for Work and Pensions has information regarding the coronavirus and benefits which it updates regularly. 

The website provides information about coronavirus and claiming benefits. Please check this page regularly for updates on the arrangements the Department for Work and Pensions is making to support those who are affected by coronavirus. There is information about changes to Statutory Sick Pay, changes to Jobcentre appointments, changes to health and disability-related benefits’ assessments, and making a new claim.

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Contact has set up a dedicated section on its website with information for families with disabled children and young people. On their website, you will find information including: Guidance on isolation for residential settings.

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Mencap provide information on internet safety training.

The charity Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust has a Stay Safe Online Team which is currently offering advice regarding online safety. One of the police vetted volunteers can call to provide advice. People can refer themselves by calling and leaving a message on 01380 861191 or emailing bv.onlinesafety@wiltshire.police.uk

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Along with partner authorities we have worked with Wiltshire Police to create The Herbert Protocol. This is a booklet which can be used to store information on the person you care for which can then be used to assist family, friends and others including the police if the person goes missing. 

You can find out more and download the booklet to complete here



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Last updated: 30 April 2020 | Last reviewed: 30 April 2020