COVID-19: Caregiver and Family Needs Survey
Monday, April 27, 2020

Family Network Thames Valley is committed to doing everything we can to protect the health and safety of people with developmental disabilities and those who support them during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Sector Pandemic Plan Initiative, a partnership of Ontario's developmental services agencies, has asked us to help them connect with families and caregivers. They are looking to understand needs, advocate for resources and create strategies to best manage the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people with developmental disabilities and those who supports them. We are asking for your participation in a survey to learn:

  • The needs of families during this time
  • The impact of COVID-19 on the person(s) with developmental disability you support
  • The impact of COVID-19 on you as someone who provides support
  • What resources, if any, have you found helpful?
  • What supports are needed to maintain health and safety (for example, access to behaviour services by phone or facetime), or technology (for example, to use in submitting for Passport reimbursements.

Your participation in this survey is voluntary. All responses are anonymous and confidential. The working group will gather the confidential responses and create a list of priorities. This can then be used to help with advocacy and the creation of resources to support families and people with developmental disabilities during times like these.

The survey can be completed in about 10 minutes. You can go back and edit your responses as long as you have the survey open. Once you click the "Done" button and submit the survey, you will not be able to edit your responses.

Please click on the following link to complete the survey:

The survey will remain open with no defined deadline, to allow families to provide their input as they find the time to do it. The working group will be continuously looking at the input they've received and will start prioritizing items. So please make an effort to complete the survey in the next 2 weeks, if possible.

I hope you will take the time to participate in the survey. I appreciate your support and partnership. All the best to you and your family, during this challenging time.

Thank you for sharing your valuable input!

Nadine Hiemstra

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