Ohio COVID-19 Vaccination Program

Governor DeWine addressed the state on Friday, Dec. 4, in a press conference, sharing information about vaccine distribution in Ohio.

Initially, there will be a limited number of vaccines available, and Ohio is committed to making it widely available for those who want to receive it as quickly as possible as shipments arrive. In conjunction with the recommendations of medical experts from ACIP and NAESM, Ohio has identified who will be among the first to receive those very early shipments in Phase 1A, should they choose to be vaccinated:

•Healthcare workers and personnel, who are routinely involved in the care of COVID-19 patients

•Residents and staff in nursing homes

•Residents and staff in assisted living facilities

•Patients and staff at state psychiatric hospitals

•People with developmental disabilities and those with mental illness, who live in group homes or centers, and staff at those locations

•Residents and staff at our two homes for Ohio veterans

•EMS responders

Using all the tools available to help prevent the spread of the virus continues to be critical until a substantial number of Ohioans can be vaccinated. Continuing to wear masks and social distance will reduce your chance of being exposed to or spreading the virus. Proper prevention measures coupled with the vaccine will provide the best protection from COVID-19.

As vaccine supply increases, the state will continue to vaccinate Ohioans who choose to receive it.

Vaccine Related Resources

Ohio Department of Health

•COVID-19 Vaccine Information Pandemic

•COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

•Vaccinate with Confidence

•Different COVID-19 Vaccines

How was your voting experience?

If you are a person with a disability who participated in the November 3rd election – either by voting early, voting by mail, or voting at your polling place – please share your voting experience with the SABE GoVoter Project. Your response to this survey can help bring problems to light. Take the survey here.

Study Seeking Parents of Kids With Medical Complexities

What’s the purpose of the study? Researchers hope to help parents of children with complex medical conditions with home care through an interactive voice technology mobile app.

Who can take part in this study? Parents of children who have been diagnosed with a complex medical condition such as (but not limited to):

• Cystic fibrosis • Encephalopathy • Chronic pulmonary disease • Cerebral palsy • Down syndrome • Diabetes

More information here

Assistance Beta Testing Decision Making Tool

The Stanford Health Literacy Lab is looking for help in beta testing a Decision Guide for Families with Special Needs. This interactive, educational Guide for Parents of Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs, is intended to help parents make sense of back-to-school decisions. We know that most people have already had to make a decision about going back to school, but we anticipate that these decisions may change or will have to be made repeatedly, so your feedback is important. Please access the Decision Guide here.

Emergency Preparedness Resources

These resources will assist individuals with disabilities in preparing for disasters. Regional and FEMA (government) resources are also included in all three brochures.

Creating an Emergency Preparedness Plan with Your Caregiver: This resource focuses on the importance of discussing emergency planning between individuals and their caregivers. Sheltering in Place, Community Sheltering and Evacuating are all covered in this resource.

Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities: Impact Areas of Disasters. This resource discusses 10 areas of an individual’s life that would be affected in the event of an emergency. Information about receiving alerts and a review of Smart 911 is also included.

Creating Your Emergency Kit: This resource provides individuals with information regarding the importance of having an emergency kit. A list of items to include in a kit and a checklist of what to do to be prepared is also provided.

What to Consider for In-School vs. Online Learning for Kids with Disabilities

Parents and guardians may be faced with the difficult decision of choosing the best and safest learning environment for their child with special education and/or special healthcare needs. These two resources are created to give parents information related to rights within school for children with disabilities at this time, as well as things for them to consider when determining whether online or in school learning is the most appropriate for their child.

School Decision Making Tool

School Re-Entry Fact Sheet