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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health and Safety Guide

ASERT has put together some resources for those with autism and those who care for people with autism relating to the current Coronavirus outbreak.

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Family Members

Whether it’s a sibling, grandparent, cousin, aunt, uncle or parent, it can be difficult to know how to properly support your family member on the spectrum. ASERT’s broad database of autism resources includes a variety of information helpful for family members.

Check out some of our top resources highlighted below, or search through the hundreds of resources available for family members!

The Spectrum of Communication

Communication permits us to advocate for our needs, develop relationships, and participate in our community. When supporting someone with Autism, the most important thing to keep in mind at all times is that speech does not equal communication.

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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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Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance (PFSA)

Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance provides education, support, and training programs to make Pennsylvania safe for children.

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Spotlight On: Person-Centered Projects

These resources focus on different aspects of Person-Centered planning, and include take away points and lessons learned from various ASERT projects over the years. Topics include: self-advocacy, case conceptualization and using data visualizations (graphs).

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Spotlight On: Social Skills for Individuals with Autism

These resources, developed by ASERT, are based on information and lessons learned from the ASERT Adolescent and Adult Multimedia Social Skills Groups.

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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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Supporting Engagement at Home

This resource provides tips and suggestions for parents and caregivers on how to help loved ones stay engaged with friends, family and support staff during the COVID-19 social distancing measures.

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Supporting Siblings Through COVID-19

This resource, developed by ASERT, provides helpful tips and information for parents on supporting siblings of individuals with disabilities during COVID-19.

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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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Talking About Going into the Community

Due to COVID-19, people have been limited in being able to go into the community. Schools, stores and businesses have been closed, leaving people to spend most of their time at home. As places start to open, it's important to discuss how comfortable your loved one is with going into the community. This resource provides parents and caregivers with some things to consider when talking with loved ones.

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Teaching New Skills

These resources provide tips and guidance for parents on teaching new skills to individuals with autism and/or intellectual disabilities.

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Technology Assisted Children’s Home Program (TACHP)

The Technology Assisted Children’s Home Program (TACHP) provides advocacy, resources, and support for families who have children at home and use any sort of machine to replace a vital organ.

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This resource provides information about changes to the rules for telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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