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COVID-19 Resources

for Families with Special Needs

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Disability Rights California

Click here for information on disability rights during the COVID-19 pandemic.


*NEW: How are special education services impacted by this outbreak?


Contact Disability Rights California if you have questions about your legal rights during an outbreak.​ For assistance, please contact the Disability Rights California confidential intake line at 1-800-776-5746, available 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday or For TTY call: 1-800-719-5798.

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San Mateo County Behavioral Health Crisis Hotline

Crisis Hotline:

650-579-0350 • 800-273-8255

24-Hour Parent Support Line:

650-579-0358 • 888-220-7575

Online Chatroom: to support teens, available only during after school hours, 4:30-9:30 p.m. PST, Monday–Thursday


Inclusion Collaborative

The Inclusion Support Warmline offers FREE support, information and referrals for including students of all ages with disabilities and other needs in your community. Offered in English, Spanish and Vietnamese (and other languages as needed). Contact Warmline: or call 408-453-6651

Also check out their free webinars on using video tools to support distant learning! 

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Council for Exceptional Children

Visit CEC's website for information on:

  • Teaching Special Education Online During COVID-19

  • Best Practices for Educating Online

  • Free downloadable activities for teaching life skills by Boardmaker


CuriOdyssey At-Home Science

Visit CuriOdyssey's website for information on:

  • At-Home Science Experiments

  • Lively videos for inspirations and activities

  • Explore the zoo virtually witha. keeper


Department of Education

This Questions and Answers document published by the U.S. Department of Education outlines school districts’ responsibilities to children with disabilities and their families, and to the staff serving these children during the physical closures of schools in response to COVID-19.


The California Department of Education guidelines for parents and educators. *New guidance posted on April 9th


Child Mind Institute

The Child Mind Institute digital response to COVID-19 includes:

-Twice daily Facebook Live videochats featuring our expert clinicians
-Remote evaluations and telemedicine
-Flat-fee phone consultations for problem behavior
-Daily parent tips on, Facebook and Instagram at 8am
-Comprehensive coronavirus resources for parents on


Palo Alto CAC

The Palo Alto CAC is run by a group of volunteers in Palo Alto, mostly parents of students with special education needs. Click here to learn more about them and to access at-home resources for students with exceptional needs, IEPs or 504s. 


Parent Helping Parents

Wonderful resources and information including home-based learning activities, self-care and family wellness. Click here



Bookshare membership makes it easy to get students with learning challenges the books they need in formats they can read. You have access to over 800,000 ebooks, including textbooks, educational materials, bestsellers, young adult, and children’s titles. Students can read books in audio, audio + highlighted text, braille, and large font. Contact us to sign up

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Remote Learning Websites

Click here for a list of free learning websites including teaching math, social studies, science etc for different ages and abilities

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