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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We have a number of temporary service changes in light of the Coronavirus pandemic. Temporary changes to our services.


We have a range of information and advice here: Coronavirus information.

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Coronavirus – Easy read, videos for people with learning disabilities and large print

Here is information on Coronavirus in Easy Read, Large Print and British Sign Language formats.

Latest Coronavirus update – vaccination

Resources to support vaccination of people with a learning disability


Vaccines mencap easy read

Government Easy Read on Covid-19 and vaccines 

Latest videos for coming out of lockdown – July 2021

How to support people with a learning disability ease out of lockdown

‘This video explains to carers and families how people with a learning disability might be feeling as we ease out of lockdown. This video also provides some tips and resources for carers and families to do with the person with a learning disability to help ease the transition out of lockdown.’  The link for our booklet on easing out of lockdown can be accessed from:


Coming Out of Lockdown

This video is for people with learning disabilities, to help them to understand the new rules as England comes out of the Coronavirus lockdown. It also provides guidance to help them adapt to these changes in rules. For more information and resources, click on the link below to access Moving Forward from Lockdown: A Resource Booklet for People with Learning Disabilities, Family Members and Carers:


Keeping Healthy

This is a video for people with a learning disability providing information and advice about having a healthy lifestyle.

For more information about staying healthy and wellbeing advice on moving out of lockdown, please see our ‘Moving out of Lockdown’ booklet:


Feeling Anxious when coming out of lockdown

This video explains to people with learning disabilities that it is normal to feel worried or anxious about coming out of lockdown and offers advice on how to manage their feelings and emotions that arise due to lockdown ending.

You can access a template for making a coming out of lockdown plan as well as other resources in our moving forward from lockdown booklet:


Understanding depression

This video explains how a person with a Learning Disability might experience depression. It will outline how you might feel and give some suggestions and activities that might help you feel better. For more information on Depression and Low Mood for people with Learning Disabilities, please click on the link in the description box for the easing out of lockdown booklet.

For more information please see our ‘Moving out of Lockdown’ booklet:


Latest Coronavirus update – National Lockdown January 2021

National Lockdown Easy Read Paper

Covid-19 Easy-read Vaccination

Pulse Oximeter Easy Read

Latest Coronavirus update – October 14

Easy Read C-19 High Risk leaflet 

Latest Coronavirus update – May 13

Spreading the news – May 2020

Easy Read information from Public Health England

Other Easy Read information

Large Print

Up-to-date guidance, in plain English


Information about new rules about staying away from other people during Coronavirus

From 23 March 2020 there are 3 important new rules everyone must follow to stop Coronavirus spreading. This is sometimes called social distancing. Easy read information about the rules to stay at home and away from other people. It also says when it is OK to leave your house. Advice on how to stay at home (easy read)- help with planning your time.

Plain English information about social distancing (no pictures).

What to do if you or someone in your house seems to have Coronavirus

Plain English guide- stay at home if you or someone in your house possibly has Coronavirus (no pictures).

Easy read advice on washing your hands more often

Washing your hands well is good protection against Coronavirus. This is the Public Health England easy read poster about washing your hands. It includes information on when you should wash your hands, and for how long.

We still also love the Purple All Stars handwashing video!

Looking after your feelings and your body

To stop Coronavirus spreading we all have to change how we spend our time and how we do things. Change can affect our feelings. It can sometimes make us worried and anxious. To stay well we must look after our feelings as well as our bodies.

Public Health England has made a guide to help with wellbeing:

Easy read guide to looking after your feelings and body

Plain English wellbeing guide (no pictures)

Guide for families and carers to support children and young people’s wellbeing


Keep in touch during the Coronavirus crisis

It’s important to keep in touch with your friends and family during the Coronavirus crisis.

Keep informed and keep in touch– Learning Disability England information about staying connected.

See if something is happening is your area on the Keep Safe online events page.

You can read this easy read guide to downloading and using WhatsApp to stay in touch with friends and family.

You can also watch some accessible videos from People in Action about using a programme called Zoom to meet up with people online.

This is an easy read guide to using Microsoft Teams.


Helping health staff to make reasonable adjustments

We are working to help health staff make reasonable adjustments for people with a learning disability and autistic people during Coronavirus.

This is to help make sure everyone gets the care that is right for them.


Resources by and for autistic people

Coronavirus is difficult to cope with and can be extra stressful for autistic people.

These are some resources by autistic people that might help.

Ann Memmott is an autistic academic who has written a blog about Coronavirus, hospital and being autistic.

Autistictic has made a blogpost about coping with Coronavirus as an autistic person.

Autistic YouTuber Purple Ella’s latest video is also on coping with Coronavirus when you are autistic.