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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health and Safety Guide

ASERT has put together some resources for those with autism and those who care for people with autism relating to the current Coronavirus outbreak.

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Audience: Professionals

Autism Speaks Quick Facts for Law Enforcement

Gain a working knowledge of autism, and the wide variety of behaviors people with autism can exhibit in emergency situations.

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Autism Speaks Quick Facts for Search and Rescue

Tips for Search and Rescue teams who are looking for individuals with autism.

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Autism Speaks School Community Toolkit

This kit provides helpful information about students with autism to promote understanding and acceptance at school.

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Autism Speaks: Information for Law Enforcement

This article from Autism Speaks provides general information for law enforcement personnel about autism as well as some useful tips for interacting with an individual who may have autism.

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Autism Spectrum Disorder Overview for APS Staff

This training video, developed by the Bureau of Autism Services Clinical Team, is an introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It was developed for Adult Protective Services and explains the core deficits of autism as well as explaining BAS implemented Pennsylvania’s adult autism programs and services they way they did.

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Autism Symptoms

Despite the range of possible symptoms, there are certain actions and behaviors that are common in ASD and could signal that a child is on the autism spectrum.

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Autism, Sex and Science

A TEDx presentation by Simon Baron-Cohen where he discusses topics related to Autism, sex, and science.

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Autism: How To Tell

An educational video that provides tips for professionals on how to interact with the families of individuals with autism in terms of discussing the individual's diagnosis.

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Be Safe: General Prevention Resources

These resources, part of the Be Safe resource collection focused on preventing sexual abuse and assault and supporting individuals who may have experienced sexual abuse or assault, contains general information about how to prevent sexual abuse or assault. Topics include identifying and reporting abuse in children, signs of abuse, risk and protective factors, educating about abuse, why abuse isn't always reported and pathways to victimization.

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Be Safe: Intervention Resources for Professionals

These resources are designed to provide information and tips on how to provide support to individuals with autism who may have experienced sexual abuse or assault. There are general resources that are appropriate for all ages and developmental levels, as well as specific resources for caregivers, professionals and individuals with autism.

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