COVID-19 Response & Resources

COVID-19 Response & Resource List

Our Response

Christian Horizons CEO Janet Noel-Annable responds to the novel coronavirus outbreak and its impact on services on March 23, 2020

We are grateful for the continued support of our partners who make the work we do possible.

For more information on how you can make a difference, email covid-19@christian-horizons.org.

The health, safety, and well-being of people who use our services and our employees is our priority.

Christian Horizons is continually monitoring the situation and in regular contact with Canadian Public Health Authorities. As well, we are working closely with our teams, planning and responding to the situation, to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

We are taking all appropriate measures to ensure homes and community locations are safe and that we have plans and protocols in place to ensure they stay that way. Our focus is on providing essential direct support to people who use our services, and the infrastructure to make that happen. As of today, except in exceptional circumstances, we will not admit visitors to our support sites. We are thankful for technology, and will gladly facilitate visits via Skype, FaceTime or other technology-supported means.

We continue to work together to ensure the health and safety of the people who use our services, our employees, and the community broadly.

Christian Horizons Community Participation Supports, Respite Programs, Vocational and Employment Supports, and all other non-residential supports are closed until further notice. Our offices are also closed to the public.

For a list of program closures click here.

See the following sections for easy-to-understand guides, helpful resources, and important public health information about COVID-19.

Christian Horizons Resources

Rules and Risks Social Story

Rules and Risks Social Story

A social story to help talk about some of the restrictions put in place by public health and risk factors for being active in the community.
Government Resources

Government Resources

Did you know that, in Ontario, guidelines from the MCCSS and the Ministry of Health form the basis for Christian Horizons' procedures and policies? Visit the Real Xchange site to read the latest guidance for developmental services.
Safety in Your Community Social Story

Safety in Your Community Social Story

Based on the work of Aptus Treatment Centre, this social story helps us to understand how to be safe in community settings.
Visiting with Your Family and Friends Social Story

Visiting with Your Family and Friends Social Story

A social story about what it looks like to welcome friends and families for visits at your home, if it is a Christian Horizons location!
A Guide to Visiting with your Family or Friends

A Guide to Visiting with your Family or Friends

A guide for families and friends looking to visit someone at a Christian Horizons location. (Effective as of July 22nd, 2020)
Passport Funding Social Story

Passport Funding Social Story

Even though COVID-19 has meant we have all had to miss out on some activities and time with family and friends, there are new opportunities and new ways of connecting that we can explore. This resource explains to people using services how they can make an updated plan for their Passport funding.

Faith Community Responses to COVID-19

On April 22nd, Keith Dow (Manager of Organizational and Spiritual Life) participated in a webinar hosted by the Collaborative on Faith and Disability, addressing "Faith Community Responses for People with Intellectual Disabilities and their Families."
Learning to Live with Limitations

Learning to Live with Limitations

Password: 8k@253$+ A recorded Zoom conversation with Jasmine Duckworth (Community Development Manager, Ottawa). Jasmine shares about Christian Horizons, Myasthenia Gravis and how that affects her life and faith, along with insights on faith and disability during covid-19.
The Disability and Faith Forum

The Disability and Faith Forum

At the Disability and Faith Forum, we host vital conversations at the intersection of COVID-19, faith, and disability. Whether on triage, the experience of direct support professionals, or the difficulties and opportunities of COVID-19 for the disability community, you'll be sure to find an article that challenges or inspires you.
Renew: Caring for you as you care for others

Renew: Caring for you as you care for others

Join us as we explore what it looks like to practice resilient care in difficult times. Christian Horizons is making its "Renew" course on self-care and compassion fatigue available to everyone for the first time during the COVID-19 crisis.
Grief and Developmental Disability

Grief and Developmental Disability

Based on the Grief Matters course material with long-time Canadian grief counsellor David Kennedy, this is a tip sheet on how to process grief with people with developmental disabilities through COVID-19.
Exposure Guide for People Supported (Saskatchewan)

Exposure Guide for People Supported (Saskatchewan)

A helpful starting-point for agencies in responding to potential and actual exposure of people supported to COVID-19. Based on Public Health Resources.
Exposure Guide for People Supported (Ontario)

Exposure Guide for People Supported (Ontario)

A helpful starting-point for agencies in responding to potential and actual exposure of people supported to COVID-19. Based on Public Health Resources.
Curing Our Moral Virus of Loneliness

Curing Our Moral Virus of Loneliness

Convivium contributor Keith Dow, Manager of Organizational and Spiritual Life with Christian Horizons, encourages us to be aware of the needs of our neighbours in this time of crisis.

Plain Language Resources

In times of crisis and stress, when our routines have changed and we're not sure what to expect any more, being informed and feeling like we know the "why" behind what we're doing what we're doing is all the more important. People with intellectual and developmental disabilities have long had freedoms restricted and have experienced isolation - generally not of their own choosing. "Can we go out today" is an excellent reflection by a Direct Support Professional in Dufferin on the expertise and experience of people with disabilities and the importance of respecting personal choices. Now, more than ever, it is important to value people by providing education and raising awareness about COVID-19 and its impact on our society in a way that people can understand. There are many well-crafted social stories, infographics, and videos that can help with this. Below we have arranged some of these social stories and information sheets for your use.If you are looking to create your own visual schedules, you can learn more from the Centre for Behaviour Health Sciences.

How do I welcome visitors at a Christian Horizons location?

COVID-19 Visits Social Story

How do I stay safe if I’m out in my community?

“Safety in the Community” Social Story (Christian Horizons)

What is COVID-19?

Coronavirus Social Story (Aptus Treatment Centre)

COVID-19 Plain Language Guide (Green Mountains Self-Advocates)

One-page Guide from Surrey Place

“What is happening?” Video from H-CARDD

What is Coronavirus?
How do I protect myself?

A COVID-19 Introduction Video

“Beating the Virus” (Beyond Words Picture Book)

“How does it spread?” (Aptus Treatment Centre)

“How to stay safe: Handwashing” (HCARDD and Opening Doors)

“Jack Plans Ahead for Coronavirus” (Beyond Words Picture Book)
A guide for family and carers.

“My Coronavirus Story” from EasterSeals (interactive)

People First of Canada Resource

“What you need to know” (Special Olympics)

What you need to know about COVID-19 (Autistic Self Advocacy Network)

Why are people wearing masks?
Do I need to wear a mask?

“I can wear a mask” social story (also references caregivers)

Coronavirus Social Story: A Caregiver wearing a mask (hopestarter)

We wear masks (best for children)

Wearing a Mask: A social narrative for children

What is physical or social distancing?
Why do I have to stay away from people?

“How to stay safe: Physical Distancing” (HCARDD and Opening Doors)

Why can’t I have visitors?
Why can’t I go out?

“Stay at Home”

“Staying inside” (Aptus Treatment Centre)

“Stay in, Stay well” (HCARDD and Opening Doors)

“Why is church closed?” (Kairos Forum)

“Why is day program Closed?” (Aptus Treatment Centre Social Story)

Why are there so many new support staff?

Why are there so many new support staff? (Aptus Treatment Centre)

What can I do at home?

Creative Prayer Resources (SPACE – Kairos Forum)

“Good days and bad days during lockdown.”(Beyond Words Picture Book)

Special Olympics Activities

“Things to do” from HCARDD

“When you have to stay home” Mental health and COVID-19 from CAMH

What if I’m worried?

“Help when you’re feeling worried” Mental health and COVID-19 from CAMH

“Look after your mental health” Council for Intellectual Disability

“Talking to a loved one” Mental health and COVID-19 from CAMH

What happens if I get sick?
What happens if a housemate gets sick?

“If you get sick” HCARDD and Opening Doors

Sick at home social story (Aptus)

My housemate has coronavirus social story (Aptus)

What’s it like to get tested?
What’s it like to go to the doctor or the hospital?

“Getting Tested” Social Story

A virtual doctor’s visit (HCARDD)

What happens when someone dies?

“When someone dies from the coronavirus” (Beyond Words Picture Book)
A guide for family and carers

Helpful Websites, Videos, & Articles

MCCSS Webinar

MCCSS Webinar

The Ministry of Children, Community, and Social Services hosted a webinar on updated guidance for congregate living for vulnerable populations. This is the recording of that webinar.
Hospital Transfer Form

Hospital Transfer Form

This form helps people with intellectual or developmental disabilities navigate a transfer to a hospital setting with the support that they need.
Real Xchange DS Resources

Real Xchange DS Resources

An extensive library of resources from agencies for the Developmental Services sector.
National Association of Direct Support Professionals

National Association of Direct Support Professionals

The NADSP site includes a number of video webinars on the role of the DSP in responding to the coronavirus, along with tips on meditation and self-care, and grief and loss resources.
Inclusion Saskatchewan

Inclusion Saskatchewan

Resources for people with intellectual disabilities and their families from Inclusion Saskatchewan. Regularly updated info regarding changes and updates to community and financial programs as well as resources that will help you and your family address the challenges of the days ahead.
Disabled Canadians feel excluded from COVID-19 messaging

Disabled Canadians feel excluded from COVID-19 messaging

A CTV news article highlighting the need to make information around the coronavirus accessible to everybody.
AllBelong Resources

AllBelong Resources

AllBelong Center for Inclusive Education is quickly developing excellent resources to address the COVID-19 crisis, including social stories, information for churches, and parent resources.
Mental Health for Caregivers

Mental Health for Caregivers

A two-sided tip sheet for caregiver mental health during the COVID-19 outbreak. Developed by the Ontario Caregiver association.
How the coronovirus could affect the wellbeing of people with intellectual disabilities

How the coronovirus could affect the wellbeing of people with intellectual disabilities

An article exploring some of the intersections of viral outbreak, intellectual disability and mental health hosted by the Conversation.
Care for your coronavirus anxiety

Care for your coronavirus anxiety

Resources for anxiety and your mental health in a global climate of uncertainty. Based on an interactive app, this site curates meditations and mental health advice to address anxiety.
Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic

An exhaustive page on mental health in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic developed by the Canadian Association for Mental Health.
Kerry's Place Resources

Kerry's Place Resources

Useful links curated by the team at Kerry's Place Autism Services
#COVIDdisability

#COVIDdisability

The Canadian Association for Community Living is tracking an extensive resource list for families who experience disability. Have something to add? #COVIDdisability
What to do while in isolation

What to do while in isolation

Connectability.ca has put together a varied and thorough resource list of options for activities during isolation/quarantine/social distancing. Education, audio books, entertainment, and virtual tours.
"Is COVID-19 an opportunity?"

"Is COVID-19 an opportunity?"

Open Future Learning explores the possibilities and potential within current challenges. Six points seek to connect us to the experience of people with intellectual disabilities in a pandemic.

Easy-to-Understand Guides

COVID-19 info by and for people with disabilities

COVID-19 info by and for people with disabilities

This 8-page booklet about the Coronavirus is written in plain language. It was created by and for people with developmental disabilities. It focuses on “need to know” information (updated to include Celsius!)
Kairos - SPACE

Kairos - SPACE

Sacred Place for Accessible Communion and Empathy hosts spiritual resources for talking and praying with people about the coronavirus. Includes symbol sheets about why church is closed.
Social Stories, Visual Flyers, and Infographics

Social Stories, Visual Flyers, and Infographics

You'll need to click through some of the links, but there are a number of social stories in PowerPoint format here to explain why there are no visitors, why day program needs to close etc. Also see the visual flyers and infographics!
Beyond Words Picture Stories

Beyond Words Picture Stories

Wordless books about important topics like "Beating the Virus," Good Days and Bad Days During Lockdown," and for family and carers, "Jack Plans Ahead for Coronavirus," and "When someone dies from coronavirus."
How to stay safe, well, and connect

How to stay safe, well, and connect

This page includes tons of easy-to-understand information about COVID-19 and managing stress with helpful videos and activity suggestions. (HCARDD)

Intertwined – Social Distancing for Connected Households

Stop-motion video to explain social distance for connected households (e.g. support locations). By Jubilee Association of MD Executive Director Steve Keener.
Look after your mental health

Look after your mental health

Many people are worried about the virus. This is a mental health guide with some really helpful tips. Created by the Council for Intellectual Disability.

COVID-19 Information Video

This engaging video from the Oregon Office of Developmental Disabilities covers all of the basics. (Closed Captioned)
Passport Funding Social Story

Passport Funding Social Story

Even though COVID-19 has meant we have all had to miss out on some activities and time with family and friends, there are new opportunities and new ways of connecting that we can explore. This resource explains to people using services how they can make an updated plan for their Passport funding.
Self-advocate videos

Self-advocate videos

Self-advocates from California have put together great safety tips videos talking about "how to stay healthy," "what should I do if I think I'm sick?" What I should do if I get sick" and other valuable topics.
Dealing with COVID-19

Dealing with COVID-19

A newsletter offering up many easy-to-understand guides on handwashing, COVID-19, and social distancing.
Coronavirus Social Story

Coronavirus Social Story

An interesting, interactive social story talking about the coronavirus.
Social Story: Getting Tested

Social Story: Getting Tested

Wondering what it's like to be tested for COVID-19? These slides can help! (Created by Aptus Treatment Centre)
Special Olympics

Special Olympics

Special Olympics shares helpful, accessible resources on COVID-19, including a visual guide and tips for staying in shape at home.
Stay At Home (PDF)

Stay At Home (PDF)

An accessible, plain-language explanation (with pictures) of why we stay home and hope for what happens if we do.
Viruses and staying healthy

Viruses and staying healthy

This guide explains how to avoid getting sick from a virus. Created by the Council for Intellectual Disability.

Public Health Resources

World Health Organization

World Health Organization

Daily briefings, worldwide statistics, and much more. Check out their "mythbusters" section, videos on handwashing and personal protective equipment, or interactive graphs.
Saskatchewan COVID-19 Resources

Saskatchewan COVID-19 Resources

Information for Public, Care Providers, Businesses, and Workers. Self-assessment, stats, public health orders etc.
Ontario Ministry of Health

Ontario Ministry of Health

Take a self-assessment, telehealth phone number, case statuses in Ontario, resources and information sheets.
Public Health Agency of Canada

Public Health Agency of Canada

Updates, symptoms, preparation, stats and an amazing collection of posters and downloads (scroll to the bottom of the page for these).

Are we missing something?
Let us know at covid-19@christian-horizons.org.