COVID-19 Resources

  • Do you need help during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic?
    New Jersey Human Services is here to help you and your family.

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    The Community Health Directory for NJ Families is a resource net and information hub for social services and programs available in New Jersey. Due to the growing list of services in our State, our Community Health Workers can help you navigate the system and identify accessible autism-appropriate resources. Our primary focus is on the following resources: health insurance applications, food access, mental health resources, medication assistance, and more! Click here.


    Job or income loss due to COVID-19? Our Navigator's will help you stay covered! Call now to explore the health insurance options available for you. Call 1-800-355-0271, our enrollment assistance services are provided FREE of charge and are available in English, Spanish and Russian. Click here for video.


    Helping Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Become Comfortable with Face Masks. Helping Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Become Comfortable with Face Masks provides strategies supporters can use to help adults with I/DD become more comfortable with face masks. Download the PDF here.


    Wearing a Face Mask: A COVID-19 Social Story for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Wearing a Face Mask: A COVID-19 Social Story for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities can help readers understand why face masks are important for themselves and others to wear. Supporters of people with I/DD can also use this resource to discuss the importance of face masks by printing or sharing with the person on a computer screen, tablet, or smartphone. Download the PDF here.


    Helping people with autism spectrum disorder manage masks and COVID-19 tests. The COVID-19 pandemic has presented many new challenges for people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Features of ASD, including impaired social and communication skills, repetitive behaviors, insistence on sameness, and especially sensory intolerances, make adapting to wearing face masks and the experience of a COVID-19 test particularly challenging.

    Read the full article here.


    Physical Fitness Activities and Nutrition Support for Autism Families

    It’s hard enough to find support and respite when you have a child with autism, but add a pandemic to the mix, and you’ve really got your hands full. Read the full article here.


    Resources About Face Masks

    Face Mask Resources for Adults
    Face masks are an essential and necessary defense in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Some adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities may not understand why they and others need to wear them, or may have fear, anxiety, or sensory challenges that impact mask wearing. The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities has developed two new resources to help adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) become comfortable with face masks.


    Helping Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Become Comfortable with Face Masks - provides strategies supporters can use to help adults with I/DD become more comfortable with face masks.

    Wearing a Face Mask: A COVID-19 Social Story for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities - can help readers understand why face masks are important for themselves and others to wear. Supporters of people with I/DD can also use this resource to discuss the importance of face masks by printing or sharing with the person on a computer screen, tablet, or smartphone.

    Face Mask Resources for Children

    The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities and Children’s Specialized Hospital have developed a series of resources to help children understand and feel comfortable wearing face masks. The series includes:

    A Parent’s Guide: Helping Your Child Wear a Face Mask - (English) (Spanish)

    Help Your Child Feel Good about Using and Seeing Others Wearing Face Masks - (English) (Spanish)

    I Can Stay Healthy by Wearing a Face Mask - (English) (Spanish)