for Families with Special Needs
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.
San Mateo County Behavioral Health 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 www.onyourmind.net
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!
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
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.
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 childmind.org, Facebook and Instagram at 8am
-Comprehensive coronavirus resources for parents on childmind.org
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