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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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Community Members

In 2018, the CDC determined that approximately 1 in 59 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). As part of the broad Pennsylvania community, individuals with autism live and work among us, making these resources for the community a valuable and necessary asset.

Characteristics of Autism

This resource, designed for direct support staff, provides a basic introduction to the different characteristics of autism.

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Autism Society of America

The Autism Society of America (ASA) provides advocacy, education, information, referral, support and community at national, state and local levels through their nationwide network of Affiliates. Their website includes information on autism for individuals, parents, professionals and community members.

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Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks funds global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism; raises public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society; and brings hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder.

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Being a Careful Reader of Coronavirus Information

This resource provides tips and suggestions for making sure that you're getting the best and most trustworthy information related to coronavirus.

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Bullying Social Story

This resource provides a visual guide for individuals with autism on what to do if they get bullied.

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Child Tax Credit Resource

This resource gives more information for families about the Child Tax Credit, which is part of the American Rescue Plan.

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Completing an Independent Monitoring for Quality (IM4Q) Interview In-Person Social Story

This resource developed by ASERT explains what happens during an IM4Q interview conducted in-person. This resource has been translated into Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Arabic, and Burmese.

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Coping with Coronavirus

These resources provide some tips and suggestions for individuals and families to deal with some of the new situations brought about by COVID-19, like social distancing, isolation and planning for care.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health and Safety Guide

This resource provides a general overview of the coronavirus, as well as a wide range of resources for individuals, parents/caregivers, and professionals on how to stay healthy and manage the ongoing pandemic.

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Coronavirus Social Story

This resource provides a visual guide for individuals with autism about the coronavirus and how to stay healthy. This resource is also available in Spanish, Russian, Chinese, and Arabic.

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COVID Booster Shots, Masks and Testing Social Story

This social story developed by ASERT explains how the research and rules around COVID, shots, and masks have and will continue to change.

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COVID-19: How to Notify Your Contacts

This resource from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, reviews the steps to notifying your contacts if you've been diagnosed with COVID-19.

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Department of Human Services (DHS)

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services’s seven program offices administer services that provide care and support to Pennsylvania's most vulnerable individuals and families.

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