Massachusetts Disability Resources During COVID-19 Pandemic

Resources and official state guidance for education, health, home care and more

General Information

Activities and Support for Home-bound Parents of Kids with Disabilities (from Exceptional Lives)

  • Tips and ideas for fun things to do at home with kids
  • How to manage your own mental health while home-bound with your children
  • Special needs educational resources 

Education

Education Rights and Supports from Mass Advocates for Children

  • Includes hotline, webinars, links to official information about special education, rights under the law, and how the COVID-19 closures affect special education

Educational Resources for Students and Families (from Mass Department of Education)

  • List of educational resources by subject
  • Online learning resources
  • Open-access resource folder from Massachusetts Council for Exceptional Children (MCEC) 

Fact Sheets From US Department of Education:

These are written for educators, but can help families learn about the legal guidance from the federal government.

Health and Insurance

COVID-19 Updates and Information (from Mass Department of Public Health)

  • Daily updates
  • General guidance and what to do
  • Affected government services

Insurance Changes During Coronavirus Pandemic (from Exceptional Lives)

  • Changes in coverage and enrollment rules from MassHealth and other insurance
  • Includes phone and video appointments, medical equipment and prescriptions

MassHealth Information During COVID-19 (from MassHealth)

  • Information on coverage and application during the emergency
  • Prevention guidance
  • FAQs for members and applicants

Home Care and Support

PCA Program Updates (from MassHealth)

  • Information about COVID-19 and protective equipment
  • Working with PCAs during the outbreak, and finding ones if needed
  • MassHealth rules about PCA management and payment during outbreak

Mass Options (from Mass Executive Office of Health and Human Services)

  • For people with disabilities and elders
  • Help finding PCAs and home care
  • Hotline: 1-844-422-6277
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