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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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Diversionary Programs: Justice System

This resource, developed by ASERT, provides an overview of what diversionary programs are, the goals of such programs, and examples of these programs in the justice system.

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Employment Information for Employers

Below is information on employment that we hope potential employers will find useful when interacting with their employees!

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Evidence-Based Practices

This resource provides information about evidence-based practices, what it means, how they're determined and a list of established treatments from the National Standards Project.

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Fire Safety Outreach Materials for People with Disabilities

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) reviews and collects resources that can be used in public outreach activities to help keep people with disabilities safe from home fires. Please click on the link below to access this helpful resource.

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Fire Safety Tips

Fire safety is important for everyone, but particularly important for individuals with disabilities and those with limited communication skills. Here are some tips and resources to support people with disabilities.

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Getting a Haircut During COVID-19 Social Story

This resource provides a visual guide for individuals with autism about getting a haircut during the COVID-19 pandemic. An animated version of the social story is also included. This resource has also been translated into Spanish, Arabic, Russian, and Chinese.

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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 Back Into the Community Social Story

This resource provides a visual guide for individuals with autism about going back out into the community after the COVID-19 pandemic. The resource includes information about how to feel safe going back out and includes an animated version. This resource has also been translated into Spanish, Arabic, Russian, and Chinese.

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Going Back to Work Social Story

This resource provides a visual guide for individuals with autism about going back to work after the COVID-19 pandemic. The resource includes information on what will be different at work because of the pandemic.

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