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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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Public Comment Period

This short video provides an explanation of what public comment periods are, and how to get involved.

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Many individuals living with autism have difficulties processing information, processing sensory input, communicating effectively, and responding in socially appropriate ways. Here are some ways to help alleviate those difficulties so that you, the offender, and the community will be S.A.F.E.R.!

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Safe Practices for Gathering Over the Holidays

This resource provides tips and suggestions for how to stay healthy and safe while celebrating holidays with friends and family during COVID-19.

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Secondary Transition

The transition service requirements of IDEA 2004 recognize that education can improve the post-school outcomes of students with disabilities by doing a better job of preparing students and their families for the complexities of the adult world.

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Sexual Abuse and Assault: Definitions and Statistics

This resource provides information for self-advocates, parents/caregivers, direct support staff, professionals and the general public on what is sexual abuse and assault, statistics on sexual abuse and assault, ways to reduce risk, and the importance of educating about sexual abuse and assault.

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Signs of Autism: A Guide for Librarians

This visual resource was developed by ASERT for librarians to use as a reference guide when working with individuals with autism.

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Social Distancing Social Story

This resource provides a visual guide for individuals with autism about social distancing and why it's important when people are sick. This resource has also been translated into Spanish, Arabic, Russian, and Chinese. An animated version is also available.

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Summer Safety During COVID

This resource provides tips and suggestions on staying safe while enjoying activities during the summer with COVID-19.

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Support Group Map

This resource provides a listing of known support groups across the state. Groups are organized by county, and cover groups for parents/caregivers, individuals, and family members.

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Supports Coordination Organizations

This resource provides an overview of what Supports Coordination Organizations (SCO's) are, the services they provide and what organizations are available by county across Pennsylvania.

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