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COVID-19 Update - Individualized Support

DSRF will introduce a telehealth model to support families through the COVID-19 crisis

Hello DSRF families,

We hope you are all staying safe and healthy during these incredibly altered times!

We want you to know that we are all working very hard to get telepractice sessions up and running for our DSRF students in lieu of in-person therapy and teaching. This model of service delivery is new to DSRF, so we ask for your patience both with beginning the service, as well as working out any glitches that may come up as we move along. To provide enough development time for this new service, we will delay the start of therapy and teaching sessions at the originally scheduled block start (March 30th). However, we expect to contact each family individually within the first two weeks of this block to begin the process.

During this period, we remain committed to providing our services at no charge to families who need it most. However, we have also heard from families who have funding for our services from other sources. For example, the Autism Funding Unit and the At-Home Program have both confirmed that they will fund telepractice sessions. Families have asked that this funding be used to pay for the services they receive, to assist DSRF in providing no-cost services for families who do not have other funding resources. We are deeply grateful, but not surprised, that our community is pulling together in this fashion. As a result, we will work with individual families to assess needs and alternative funding opportunities.

In the meantime, stay tuned to our social media and our new section on the DSRF website for ideas around activities you can do at home: Learn at Home http://dsrf.org/LearnAtHome. We'll be adding one or two new, fun things each day!

Stay strong, everyone!

Susan Fawcett and Eleanor Stewart


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