For Special Needs Parents In Our Platform, Please Find This Question Which Was Directed To Us Helpful For Your Child's Developmental Goals. 👇
With “stay and shelter” directives, and cancellations and closures of schools and events, should individuals with a Special Needs still go to work/school/day program and other activities?
Going to work, school, day programs or other group activities will likely put individuals with Special Needs at greater risk for getting infected with COVID-19, and if there are other medical issues, it may raise the risk for severe complications. Localities are increasingly asking places where people congregate to close or restrict entry. Some businesses have limited operations this period and some are remaining open but with stringent rules and regulations. If your child or adult with special needs is employed at a business that is opened, you and the employer should confer about risk for infection and susceptibility and then decide whether it is advisable to continue going to work.
Schools are currently temporarily closed across Nigeria. When they open, you should have a conversation with school officials teachers about risk for infection and susceptibility that will help you decide on when your child can return to school.
In the case of day programs, the agency involved should be doing a risk assessment and may decide to close for a period or stay open after introducing infection control and surveillance for symptoms of infection. Confer with the manager at the agency for what safety procedures they have instituted and
check as to what safety procedures they have put in place for transport and other Logistics Operations (drivers’ training, disinfectants for the busses or vans, seat spacing, etc.) to help decide participation of your child or young adult.
In either situation, if individuals with special needs children or young adults end up at home, try to
engage them in some of the activities that are similar to a work, school or day
program environment. Creating a reliable, consistent new schedule may also be beneficial. .. We hope this helps!