Posts Tagged ‘COVID-19’

An Interview with the New York State OASAS, OMH, and OPWDD Commissioners to Address Critical Healthcare Issues

In a rare opportunity, Mental Health News Education, publisher of Autism Spectrum News and Behavioral Health News, has brought together the Commissioners of the NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH), The NYS Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS), and The NYS Office for People with...

CDC Launches COVID-19 Resources for People With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Care Providers

The COVID-19 pandemic has created unique challenges for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). To address them, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) created a COVID-19 toolkit with communication resources explaining in plain language how people with IDD...

The Pandemic Has Devastated the Autism Community. It’s Also Been an Important Learning Opportunity

The world has been living through a global emergency since the coronavirus pandemic took hold early last year, and autism families have been hit particularly hard. People with autism thrive on routine and predictability, which are precisely what was lost amid COVID-19. While I know autism families...

Community Living in the Era of COVID-19

As we cope with the disruption of this pandemic, many of us are wondering what our new normal will look like on the other side. Before COVID-19, many people with disabilities went to day programs or had individualized 1:1 staff supporting them at work or in activities in the community. Now, because...

A COVID-19-Inspired Housing Solution for Our Autistic Daughter

For many years I’ve been thinking about how and where our daughter Samantha (now 30) could live independently. She doesn’t belong - nor does she want to be - in a group living situation and she is not yet ready to live on her own. After surviving 5 years of roommates at Landmark College and...

Tenants Celebrate Two Years of Independent Living in New Residential Model for AHRC New York City

When AHRC New York City asked different departments to identify perspective tenants with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD) for 12 new Bronx apartments, it was uncertain about what to expect. [caption id="attachment_5905" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Walter Glasco...

AHRC NYC Artists Dive Deeper Into Art and Self-Expression With Guidance From MoMA Educators

With Autism Awareness Month just beginning and Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month just ending, AHRC New York City is proud to recognize The Museum of Modern Art, just one of our wonderful community partners, which is raising the profiles and enriching the lives of artists throughout AHRC...

AHRC NYC-Pace University Partnership Boosts Middle High School Students’ Confidence, While Parents See a Future

As the pandemic continues to wreak havoc with everyday life, it has provided an opportunity for parents of students with autism to get a glimpse of their children’s future. Twenty-one AHRC New York City Middle/High School (MHS) students are working virtually with undergraduate students from Pace...

The World is Our Classroom: Using Community-Based Instruction to Advance Socially Significant Behavior in Students with Disabilities

Community-based instruction is sustained and repeated instruction that takes place in the community rather than in the school building (Baker & Freeman, 2014). It is a research-based practice that provides “real-life” opportunities to teach functional life skills as well as aspects of the...

Compensatory Services in the Age of COVID

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, school districts across the country have struggled to meet their legal obligations as set forth in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for students...