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Resources for families with kids living with disabilities

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Posted at 6:16 AM, Mar 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-31 06:43:09-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — There are never enough resources to have in your back pocket during this unprecedented time.

For families with kids or adults living with disabilities, it's crucial to have resources available to know how to keep a routine while they are at home. This packet has great resources made by Oishei Children's Hospital and local professionals.

For years, Buffalo State Professor of Special Education Kathy Doody has been working with Jana Mertz with the Autism and Spectrum Disorder Center at Oishei Children's Hospital to create activities and resources for families.

Doody says children with disabilities need even more reassurance and structure in their lives.

"We always give strategies on what they could be doing instead of what we don't want them to do," Doody said.

Her 23-year-old son Kevin has Autism and says there are many different ways to make sure they have what they need while at home.

"Our children are very visual learners, visual schedules, or activity schedules. Those are schedules where children kinda create their own and can choose which activities they want to do in what order," Doody said. "They are still using their downtime in constructive ways because we don't want them to regress as well."