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.

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

Christian Horizons 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.
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.

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 (not “nice to know” information).
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!
How to stay safe, well, and connect

How to stay safe, well, and connect

This link from 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)
Coronavirus Social Story

Coronavirus Social Story

An interesting, interactive social story talking about the coronavirus.
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.

Helpful Websites, Videos, & Articles

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.
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.
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.
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 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.
#COVIDdisability

#COVIDdisability

The Canadian Association for Community Living is tracking an extensive resource list for families who experience disability. Have something to add? #COVIDdisability
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.
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.
Kerry's Place Resources

Kerry's Place Resources

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

The role of a DSP and the Coronavirus

Are you a direct support professional? The National Association of Direct Support Professionals released a webinar on "The Role of the DSP and the Coronavirus."
"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.
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.

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.