Here you’ll find a variety of resources for families and staff. If you have additional resources that you think would be helpful for us to share please email them to Barbara Didona

Hello everyone,

As I had mentioned in last week’s update email, ACERT has begun operating remotely due to a positive COVID exposure on the team. The YWCA has also revised their COVID guidelines and have decided to go fully remote. Due to the rising cases of COVID in Manchester, we have decided that the best course of action for ACERT is to continue to operate remotely as well.

Our ACERT Family Advocate will continue to connect with families over the phone and send referrals to partners. Every two weeks our core team will review the data provided on Manchester’s COVID-19 Weekly Information Dashboard and reassess the goal of resuming in-person deployments.

If anyone has questions, feel free to reach out. I hope to see you all at our partner meeting this Friday.



Katherine Burns
ACERT Supervisor
Pronouns: she|her|hers
Cell: 978-424-8840
1245 Elm Street
Manchester, NH 03101

The CDC has a full set of infographics for Covid-19

View the CDC Infographic Resources Here 

Here are some of the most popular infographics:

Covid-19 Fact Sheet 
Using Cloth face Coverings 
Covid-19 Symptoms 
What Your Covid-19 Test Results Mean 
How to Remove Gloves 

Financial Housing Assistance – Are you on the verge of losing your housing due to COVID-19?

Do you have past-due housing related expenses that may impact your ability to remain housed? Financial assistance is available. Get more info here.

Get FREE Civil Legal Aid

Civil legal problems are the problems of everyday life. They include eviction, foreclosure, domestic violence, and bankruptcy.  when you are denied veterans’ benefits, disability insurance, health coverage, or unemployment, that’s a civil legal problem too.
To solve these problems, people often hire an attorney. Civil legal aid is here to help people solve these problems even when they can’t pay for help. We represent people in court, give free legal advice, and provide free legal self-help guides. Our job is to make sure as many people as possible have equal access to justice.

Learn more here

SAMHSA – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association

Tips For Social Distancing, Quarantine, And Isolation During An Infectious Disease Outbreak. Click here…

COVID-19 Toolkit For DSPs

Resources to help DSPs take care of themselves during the crisis. More here…

COVID-19 & People with IDD: Impact, Prevention & Action 

As the situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19) develops, HRS is committed to providing those who work in the field of IDD supports with practical, sensible, and usable health information regarding identifying those at most risk and steps that can be taken to reduce the severity of the impact of this disease. More here…

Tenants Rights Training on April 2 from 6-7:30 p.m. via Zoom

NH Tenants rights training on COVID-19 changes, governor’s current orders and your questions answered. More here…

FAMILIES: Seeking Support for Our Children with IEPs/Support Needs

You may be wondering: how do I set routines at home to support my children, especially my children with disabilities? You may be wondering: how does my child who receives a rules-based reading program not lose all that they have gained? You may be wondering: how does my child receive PT/OT/Speech during a time of social distancing? More here…

Distance Learning for Special Education 

Resources on this page are provided by educators and families from around the world. We are collaborating to support the needs of students with significant disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. These materials are open source and may be adapted to fit your child or student’s need. They may not be used for purchase. More here… 

Here is a list of resources for students who normally receive speech and language therapy when schools are in session

Students who are receiving special education services for delayed speech and language may no longer have access to those services while schools are closed during the coronavirus outbreak. More here…

COVID-19 Communication Rights Toolkit

Patients with the coronavirus who need communication tools and supports due to speech-related disabilities face greater risks of discrimination and isolation during this pandemic. Your legal and civil rights to access your communication supports do not go away during an emergency, in quarantine, or in the hospital! But, for safety reasons, your family members and others who help you communicate may not be allowed to join you in the hospital. And you may face other barriers to communicating your needs and desires while you are being treated.  More here… 

Storyline Online

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more. More here…

30 National Parks Virtual Tours

Now that your kids are out of school for the next couple of weeks, here is something to keep them entertained. You can see 30 national parks right in your own home! These national parks have virtual tours so you can explore without leaving your home. More here… 

Whale experts launch free, virtual marine biology camp to entertain and inform kids

The scientists running Seattle-based Oceans Initiative more typically apply their marine mammal expertise to research on endangered orcas or conservation of white-sided dolphins in Washington’s Puget Sound. But the upside-down world of the new coronavirus and the closure of their nearly 6-year-old daughter’s school inspired them this week to launch what they’ve dubbed their Virtual Marine Biology Camp. More here…

New York Times: A Guide to Surviving Financially as the Bills Come Due

The coronavirus has dealt a financial blow to millions of Americans and now April’s bills are coming due. The good news is there is help available. Reach out immediately to your mortgage lender, student loan servicer or utility provider to see what’s available. Other assistance, such as stimulus checks or unemployment benefits, will take more time. The bottom line is that you need to take action to seek certain forms of relief. More here… 

Family Newsletter – Compilation of Multiple Resources

This Family Newsletter is a compilation of Covid-19 related information and resources. 

Family Newsletter 4-1-20 Latest Info and Resources