COVID-19 Resources

The Center for START Services supports a network of START programs, teams, and communities across the United States. Sharing resources about COVID-19 reflects START’s mission to link systems in an effort to build capacity. This webpage provides information regarding the US outbreak of COVID-19 from multiple validated and diverse resources in one central location. When everyone has access to information, a common understanding is established, offering opportunities for positive outcomes. 

COVID-19 Vaccine Information & Resources:

Emergency Broadband Benefit

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, virtual classrooms, and so much more.

About the Emergency Broadband Benefit: The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.

Learn more about the Emergency Broadband Benefit

American Rescue Plan Opportunities (March 19, 2021): 

Last week President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan into law. This bill contains provisions to address areas of need both directly and indirectly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Some provisions are targeted directly to individuals while others are systemic in nature. Contained within this legislation are potential opportunities for states and service providers to add, increase, and enhance services to people with disabilities, including those with IDD/MH needs, through a variety of mechanisms. Rules and guidance will need to be written by the appropriate oversight agency for details on how and when the funds will be distributed. Key aspects of the American Rescue Plan include:

Featured COVID-19 Resource Pages:

Featured Articles & Resources:

The resources listed below are primarily from the following sources:

CDC Resources

Administration for Community Living

Language Access Resources

Plain Language Information on COVID-19 from the Self Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center (SARTAC)

Talking Points - This app can help educators send text messages and communications to students and families in their home languages

Talking to Kids About Coronavirus: ASL and English Resources (American Society for Deaf Children Resources in ASL)

Coronavirus: Multilingual Resources for Schools

US Department of Justice - Effective communication with limited English proficient individuals increases the safety of the entire community, saves lives, and is consistent with your mission and the law. Tips and Tools for Reaching Limited English Proficient Communities in Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery

Language Assistance Services at the CDC

  • ATENCIÓN: Si habla español, tiene a su disposición servicios gratuitos de asistencia lingüística. Llame al 1-800-232-4636.

  • 注意:如果您使用繁體中文,您可以免費獲得語言援助服務。請致電 1-877-696-6775.

  • CHÚ Ý: Nếu bạn nói Tiếng Việt, có các dịch vụ hỗ trợ ngôn ngữ miễn phí dành cho bạn. Gọi số 1-877-696-6775.

  • 주의: 한국어를 사용하시는 경우, 언어 지원 서비스를 무료로 이용하실 수 있습니다. 1-877-696-6775 번으로 전화해 주십시오.

  • PAUNAWA: Kung nagsasalita ka ng Tagalog, maaari kang gumamit ng mga serbisyo ng tulong sa wika nang walang bayad. Tumawag sa 1-877-696-6775.

  • ВНИМАНИЕ: Если вы говорите на русском языке, то вам доступны бесплатные услуги перевода. Звоните 1-877-696-6775.

  • ملحوظة: إذا كنت تتحدث اذكر اللغة، فإن خدمات المساعدة اللغوية تتوافر لك بالمجان. اتصل برقم .1-877-696-6775

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  • ATTENTION: Si vous parlez français, des services d’aide linguistique vous sont proposés gratuitement. Appelez le 1-877-696-6775.

  • UWAGA: Jeżeli mówisz po polsku, możesz skorzystać z bezpłatnej pomocy językowej. Zadzwoń pod numer 1-877-696-6775.

  • Se necessita destes serviços, contacte HHS através do número 1-877-696-6775.

  • ATTENZIONE: In caso la lingua parlata sia l’italiano, sono disponibili servizi di assistenza linguistica gratuiti. Chiamare il numero 1-877-696-6775.

  • ACHTUNG: Wenn Sie Deutsch sprechen, stehen Ihnen kostenlos sprachliche Hilfsdienstleistungen zur Verfügung. Rufnummer: 1-877-696-6775.

  • 注意事項:日本語を話される場合、無料の言語支援をご利用いただけます。1-877-696-6775 まで、お電話にてご連絡ください。

  • توجه: اگر به زبان فارسی گفتگو می کنید، تسهیلات زبانی بصورت رایگان برای شما فراهم می باشد. با .1-877-696-6775 تماس بگیرید

What You Need to Know About Coronavirus (in ASL)

Learn more on the CDC website

Resources for Clinicians