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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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Organization for Autism Research: Understanding Autism: An Employer’s Guide

This guide is designed to help first-line supervisors understand, welcome, train, and support young adults with autism in the workplace.

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PA Family Network

The PA Family Network was created to support families and the major elements of the Community of Practice goals.

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PA Gathering: Health, Wellness, and Well-Being

This resource contains information from the first PA Gathering including a recording of the presentations and discussions, copies of the presentations and additional resources to supplement the topic.

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PA Unites Against COVID: Community Resources

This resource was developed by the Commonwealth of PA.

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Pause for Positives

This resource is designed to remind all of us that there are reasons to feel positive each day.

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Peer Pressure Social Story

This resource provides a visual guide for individuals with autism on how to handle peer pressure.

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Phases of Reopening

This resource provides information on how restaurants and retail stores will be reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic. It also includes information on what stores and businesses may only open during the green phase.

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Physical Health Resource Collection

This is a bundle of resources from a variety of sources that provide information on general physical health information as well as specific conditions individuals with autism may have.

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Pittsburgh Cares

Working to engage and mobilize members of the community, in order to maintain the positive impact of our regional partners on the diverse populations they serve.

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Premise History Form for Emergencies Social Story

This social story explains how filling out a premise history form can be helpful in emergency situations.

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