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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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Author: Andrea Layton

Getting Tested for COVID-19 Social Story

This resource, developed by ASERT, provides a visual guide for what to expect if someone needs to be tested for COVID-19. An animated version is also available.

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Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine Social Stories

These social stories provide a visual explanation of what to expect when getting the vaccine for COVID-19 and what you may experience after getting the vaccine. Social stories are provided in both English and Spanish, and have also been developed into videos.

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Going Into the Community: Self-Advocates

This resource provides information for self-advocates about going out into the community as the state moves forward from stay at home orders related to COVID-19.

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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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Health Insurance Helplines

This is a list of organizations that can help you if you’re looking for health insurance, including Medicaid. These organizations can help you with the process and answer your questions. Some of the organizations can even help you apply!

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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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Home Safety for People with Disabilities

This resource provides information on creating fire safety plans for individuals with disabilities, and how to address specific needs such as for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

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How to Create a Social Story

This resource is designed to help justice system professionals create social stories for individuals with autism who may become involved in the juvenile or criminal justice system. Read below to learn more about creating social stories.

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I Know My Fire Safety Plan

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has produced an interactive storybook, “I Know My Fire Safety Plan,” for teachers and parents of children with autism to work with the child on what to do if a smoke alarm sounds.

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I’m Vaccinated, Now What? Social Stories

These social stories are a visual resource providing information for individuals about what they can do once they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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