PURPOSE:The purpose of the Parent Mentor Program is to help parents of children with disabilities effectively navigate the educational system in partnership with school district personnel. This is accomplished by providing information and support to families and by creating a mechanism to convey the family perspective back to the school district.
Information on the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ohio is evolving daily. If you have questions or would like additional information and resources, visit the Ohio Department of Health’s website at www.coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).
We know this pandemic is impacting families, caregivers, and communities in unprecedented ways. As you work to adjust to new challenges and routines, we hope the resources below will be helpful in supporting your children, yourselves, and your families in the coming weeks.
Links for Financial Assistance, Utilities, Food, Activities for Young Children, Mental Health & Well-Being, and more information: https://www.groundworkohio.org/covid19parents
Links to resources regarding food, funding resources, social stories, health resources, COVID-19 information, and other resources for Medina County: https://www.mcbdd.org/covid-19-community-resources/
OCALI Resource Gallery: Support for families during COVID 19 crisis, includes some wonderful social stories to use with your children: https://www.ocali.org/project/resource_gallery_of_interventions/page/to-support-families-during-the-COVID-19-crisis
Behavior Weekly: A resource for supporting behavior at home: https://sites.google.com/medinaesc.org/behavior-services/home
Time Capsule activity book for kiddos to complete! One day the world will try to tell its story of Covid-19, but what better way for a child to have their own memories! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1MaM2RBrqyDeyKFCG8impDgfuZ8a2tIZ-/view
Social Stories about wearing a mask for children: https://mcusercontent.com/7f5efa55dca934e5a97110fab/files/8b4e44e2-db7a-4836-8e6f-7c8fa50c639b/WearingAMaskStoryforChildren.pdf
Social Story about wearing a mask for adults: https://paautism.org/resource/wearing-mask-social-story/
Information from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities: https://dodd.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/dodd/about-us/our-programs/resource-dodd-covid-19-support
Resource for parents with transition age children & their families: http://createsend.com/t/t-B066FB315A1BA0EC2540EF23F30FEDED
Information from the Ohio Department of Health: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/home
If you have a specific question regarding Covid-19, ask an expert at 1-833-4-ask-odh (1-833-427-5634). This call center is managed by the Ohio Department of Health and is now open 7 days a week from 9:00am-8:00pm.
Mental health and addiction treatment is now available through telehealth for new and current clients at: https://www.alternativepaths.org/
https://ohioguidestone.org/ Crisis Line: 216-623-6888 or text 4hope to 741741
Get help with stress if you need it by calling the National Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 .
AGSA has many resources and a link to join a private facebook page for their support group: https://autismakron.org/
Responding to concerns that some people with developmental disabilities may have to enter a hospital/emergency room without the assistance of their direct support professional or family member due to COVID-19 protocols, OACB has created a one-page (front/back) document that can be completed by a provider, county board, or family member to share key health information with medical professionals. http://www.oacbdd.org/news/2020/04/08/releases/oacb-creates-health-passport-to-assist-people-served-unable-to-enter-hospitals-with-staff-family/
Link to the Medina County Commissioners latest newsletter which has many resources and updated information: https://www.medinaco.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/COVID-19-Newsletter-2020.pdf
Here is a Social Story for Kids about wearing a mask: https://mcusercontent.com/7f5efa55dca934e5a97110fab/files/8b4e44e2-db7a-4836-8e6f-7c8fa50c639b/WearingAMaskStoryforChildren.pdf
Beyond Words Music and Dance Center is offering weekly dance classes for free. RSVP and registration is required. Visit https://www.
beyondwordscenter.org for information and to register.
Parent to Parent Support Group:Brunswick City Schools Parent Mentor Program offers a support group for parents, grandparents and caregivers of children or other loved ones with special needs. We gather together to share ideas, information and support. We meet monthly at Kelly’s Cafe (1661 Pearl Rd.) which is located in the Drug Mart Plaza on Pearl Road.Everyone is welcome!September 19, 2019 @ 6:30 pmOctober 24, 2019 @ 9:30 amNovember 14, 2019 @ 6:30 pmJanuary 23, 2020 @ 9:30 amFebruary 27, 2020 @ 6:30 pmMarch 19, 2020 @ 9:30 am-cancelledApril 23, 2020 @ 9:30 am-cancelled
Virtual support group meetings:Email one of the Parent Mentors requesting the zoom meetings' passwords
Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 9:30 am: Zoom Meeting https://us04web.zoom.us/j/
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Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 7:00 pm: Zoom Meeting https://us04web.zoom.us/j/
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Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 9:30 am: Zoom Meeting https://us04web.zoom.us/j/
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Friday, May 8, 2020 at 7:00 pm: Zoom Meeting https://us04web.zoom.us/j/
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Thusday, May 14, 2020 at 9:30 am: Zoom Meeting https://us04web.zoom.us/j/71486833996?pwd=S1hqQnFtZW9VMGNrbkdUbmg0ZnFBUT09