Supporting your child with disabilities at home

A message for NEC families

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The current situation is a difficult situation for children with disabilities and their families to adjust to. At the moment there are still many unknown variables. You may find yourself wondering how to explain the current events to your children, what activities will be beneficial to them while they are not able to go to school, or how you will access resources for your family during this time. As an organization that supports your child(ren) and family, we are here to support you. The latest newsletter contains information about how you can access services from NEC as well as who you should contact if you are in need of services. In addition, we have also compiled a list of resources available to you free of cost online. Read below to learn more!

AAC resources for talking about COVID-19

This page from PrAACtical AAC is frequently updated with new information on talking about COVID-19 with children who have disabilities. The page features topics such as handwashing and social distancing.

Talking to kids about coronavirus: ASL and English resources

The American Society for Deaf Children has compiled a list of resources in both English and American Sign Language (ASL) for parents looking to talk to their children about COVID-19. These resources can help parents ease the anxiety of their children while also providing them with the necessary information.

At home brain breaks

This is a great resource for parents looking to provide their children with a weekly routine as well as functional breaks throughout the day when recess or outdoor time is not an option. As many of you know, structure and routine is incredibly important for students with hearing and vision loss, and this page provides some great ideas for parents.


HelpKidzLearn is currently offering a free 14-day trial for children and families who are no longer in school due to COVID-19. The website offers a selection of educational games that are switch and eye-gaze compatible.

ASL storytelling

This website features stories being read in American Sign Language (ASL).

ASL Nook

ASL Nook is a website compiled of stories and conversations in American Sign Language.

The Cincinnati Zoo Animal Talks

Daily at 3:00pm, the Cincinnati Zoo is presenting a talk about a different animal. This resource is great for children with vision loss, as it allows them to experience the zoo virtually through a verbal description.

Companies offering free subscriptions

Many companies that provide at-home learning materials are currently offering their services free of charge. Use this list to determine which materials would be suitable for your family!

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Student perspective: Lacey Clericuzio

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Tips for traveling with Faye

A student is shown building a chair in a summer camp work program.

Summer camp information for families of children with disabilities