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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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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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Behavioral Activation for Depression

This resource, developed by ASERT, provides information about what behavioral activation is and how it can be used to help treat depression.

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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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Booklet: A Family’s Introduction to Early Intervention in Pennsylvania

This booklet from PaTTAN explains how to request Early Intervention services, eligibility criteria, rights and responsibilities, individualized family service planning for ages birth to three, and individualized education planning for ages three to school age.

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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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Common Abbreviations in Autism Services and Special Education

This resource, developed by ASERT, provides a guide to common abbreviations you may come across when receiving autism services and supports.

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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-19 Guidelines for In-Home Services

These resources from the Department of Education and Department of Human Services, offers guidelines for both families and providers on how to safely provide in-home services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Information

These resources are designed to help answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. There is information on Emergency Use Authorization and social stories on getting the vaccine and what to expect after you receive a vaccine. These resources were developed in collaboration with the PA Department of Health.

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