COVID19 help for adults with learning disabilities
We have produced a number of frequently asked questions (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.
MENCAP has a range of great resources on its website including an easy to read guide.
The WPCC 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 Beating the virus - YouTube (Future Me).
The Hand Washing Rap by The Purple All Stars (Vimeo) is a fun guide to handwashing you can share.
There are a range of local organisations who have social media groups including:
- Wiltshire Centre For Independent Living which has a a Facebook page, Wiltshire Centre for Independent Living @WiltshireCIL.
- The Wiltshire Parent Carer Council website supports parent carers of children and young people with additional needs and also has a facebook page, The Wiltshire Parent Carer Council.
When using social media, please be safe. MENCAP has a guide on how to use the internet safely.
The government has said that everyone is entitled to go shopping for essential items. The government has produced GOV.UK: Staying alert and safe (social distancing).
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.
Department for work & pensions (DWP) - webpage providing information about coronavirus and claiming benefits. Please check their 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.
Contact a family Helpline has set up a dedicated section on its website with information for families with disabled children and young people.
MENCAP safesurfing provides information.
The charity The 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 email@example.com
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.