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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health and Safety Guide

ASERT has compiled resources for those with autism and those who care for people with autism relating to the current COVID-19 outbreak.

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Going Shopping During COVID-19

This resource provides a visual guide for individuals with autism about going shopping during the COVID-19 pandemic. An animated version of the social story is also included.

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Government Benefits & Economic Impact Payment During COVID-19

This resource provides information on benefits and payments from the government that individuals may receive due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Guest Speaker Topics for Autism Support Groups (Ages 17+)

This resource developed by ASERT gives examples of topics for guest speakers to talk about at autism support groups with members that are 17 and older.

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Hand Washing Social Story

This resource provides a visual guide for individuals with autism on how to wash hands to help stay healthy. This resource has also been translated into Russian, Chinese, Spanish, and Arabic.

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Holidays in 2020 Social Story

This social story provides a visual explanation of some of the changes to holiday celebrations that people may have due to COVID-19.

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Hosting a Sensory Friendly Event

A sensory friendly event is an event that is designed to be less sensory stimulating and overwhelming. This approach often makes it easier for individuals who have sensory sensitivities, such as those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), who are sensitive to things like noise, colors, sounds and smells, to participate in social activities and community or professional events. If your event is open to the public, you may not know if someone planning to attend has sensory sensitivities. It is therefore important to consider ways to make events welcoming for everyone who may attend.

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How to Approach Individuals with Autism

This information sheet from ASERT provides tips and suggestions for justice system professionals on approaching individuals with autism.

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Information for Law Enforcement and Other First Responders

This document contains a description of autism, ways that individuals with autism may behave, and considerations for first responders when interacting with people with autism.

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Isolation Social Story

This social story provides a visual explanation of what it means to be in isolation if someone has the coronavirus, or COVID-19. An animated version is also available.

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