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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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Category: Health

Video: Holidays in 2020

This video reviews some of the changes that you and your family may experience in 2020 as a result of COVID-19.

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Video: Staying Healthy During Holidays

This video provides tips and suggestions for keeping healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic while celebrating the holidays with family.

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Video: Understanding Quarantine

This video provides information on how, when, and who should quarantine during COVID-19.

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Wearing a Mask and Communication

As a result of COVID-19, health care providers have recommended people wear masks as a way to prevent the spread of the disease. Wearing masks can be uncomfortable, and for individuals who have sensory sensitivities, it can be even harder. These resources provide a guide for families and caregivers on how to work with loved ones on getting comfortable wearing a mask, different types of masks based on individual needs, as well as information on communicating while wearing masks for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.

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Wearing a Mask Social Story

This resource provides a visual guide for individuals with autism about wearing a mask to avoid spreading germs. The resource includes why it's important to wear a mask, as well as information about how to safely wear and remove masks. The resource is translated into Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Arabic, and Burmese. An animated version is also available.

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Wearing Gloves Social Story

This resource, developed by ASERT, provides a visual explanation of how to properly wear gloves to keep yourself safe.

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Well-Being in Isolation Social Story

This social story reviews ways to cope with isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Well-Being in Isolation: Daily Checklist

This resource, developed by ASERT, provides a checklist of activities that can be done to help maintain your mental health and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

This site from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gives a range information about autism from definitions, to diagnostic strategies, treatments, and risk factors.

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