Partners for Planning - COVID-19 Staying Connected
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Resources on Staying Safe & Well Connected

P4P Partnered with PLAN to produce this webcast with Al Etmanski, Vickie Cammack, Susan
Beayni, Rebecca Pauls and host Anna Bruno.


With over thirty years of experience connecting people with disabilities to others and their community, PLAN has launched a campaign to support people in staying connected during these difficult times.

Visit the PLAN website for more resources. Register for PLAN's Staying Connected
 OR call their toll-free help line at 1-844-311-7526 for additional support.


Health Care Access Research and Developmental Disabilities 
Practical resources for both people with a developmental disability and the people caring for them on how to stay safe and well connected.  Some of the resources include Q&A with families helping to dispel some of the misinformation being circulated.  

Social Connection Needed in Battle Against Corona Virus
The Tamarack Institute has put together positive stories from their community exploring how
people can connect during the time of Corona Virus.  

Centre for Addiction and Mental Help (CAMH)
CAMH has created a resource with tools for coping with stress and anxiety during social

Take Steps to Counter the Loneliness of Social Distancing
New York Times articles examines how attempts to avoid coronavirus can increase the risk of
physical and emotional harm from limited social contact.

Coronavirus: How can we stay in virtual touch with older relatives? 
A great overview by BBC News on using different technology to stay in touch with family members.

We’ve compiled a list of the most common technologies people are using to stay connected
while social distancing.

FaceTime or Duo Apps  
Both of these apps allow for video calls between two parties.  
Download FaceTime for Apple Devices  HERE
Download Duo for Android Devices  HERE

FREE for the first 40 minutes
Normally used for businesses, Zoom has quickly become a tool that many families are using for personal reasons. Once you’ve signed up for an account, you can open Zoom and ‘create a meeting’, then invite others to join. One thing to note is that you only get 40 minutes for each meeting before you’re prompted to upgrade.

Tip: If you are having a meeting with multiple people, select the ‘Gallery View’ so that everyone is displayed at the same size. More tips for Using Zoom

The Family Support Institute of B.C. has provided some resources to assist families in setting up and using Zoom.  

One of the original voice and video conferencing apps, Skype is still used widely today, for both businesses and individuals. Once you’ve downloaded the software on your computer or the app on your phone, you can create a free account. If you’d like your calls to remain free, ask your
family and loved ones to download it as well. Then, simply search for them by using the ‘Add people’ button on the left.

Next Door
An app developed to help neighbours connect to others in their neighbourhood. Many current posts are from caremongers offering help to others during these challenging times.

A popular free messaging app., WhatsApp can be used on both Android and Apple phones and has both regular and video call capabilities. All you need is a wifi connection. Simply tap the phone icon to make a call, or the video icon to make a video call. Once you’re in a call, there’s an option to add up to 2 additional numbers (bringing the total to 4). 
Download for Android
Download for iPhone
Download for Mac or PC

The term Caremongers originated in Canada as neighbours reached out to offer support to other neighbours who may need help by running errands, helping with housework or picking up groceries or medications. In Toronto, there is a Friendly Neighbour Hotline available in 180 languages to help connect people and caremongers - 1-855-581-9580.

There are many Caremonger Groups on Facebook and social media in almost every local community. If you log in to Facebook and type Caremongering in the search, you should see groups in your area. To join one of these Facebook groups, the user simply needs to request to join the group. 


Good Things in Life
Genia Stephens has created a site for families to help them connect and create communities.  Genia has launched "Build Social Capital & End Loneliness Challenge" This will include resources and supports to families to help them think about how they can help their kids get and stay connected and make a positive difference during the social isolation of this pandemic. 

Empowering Abilities 
Weekly Family Support Calls with Eric Goll of Empowering Abilities 

PLAN Toll-Free Helpline 
Call 1-844-311-7526 for additional support.

Please forward other ideas and resources you feel may be helpful for families to