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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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My ODP Training & Resource Center

Supporting Pennsylvanians with developmental disabilities and their families to achieve greater independence, choice, and opportunity in their lives.

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Occupational Therapy’s Role with Autism

Occupational therapy services are focused on helping with performance of activities of daily living (e.g., feeding, dressing), instrumental activities of daily living (e.g., community mobility, safety procedures), education, work, leisure, play, and social participation. For an individual with autism, occupational therapy services are defined according to the person’s needs and desired goals and priorities for participation.

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ODP Comprehensive Employment Report

This webpage on MyODP.org focuses on information and resources for the Everyday Lives action step around employment. Resources include the Comprehensive Employment Report, Executive Orders around employment, information sheets on WIOA and more.

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Online Safety Social Story

This resource provides a visual guide for individuals with autism about how to be safe online.

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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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Parent to Parent Connections, Inc. of Northumberland County

Parent to Parent Connections is a local nonprofit resource and support network created by parents for parents and individuals needing help getting connected with the information and support they need.

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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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Pediatric Neuropsychology

This brochure explain what a neuropsychological evaluation is, what to expect, what is assessed, and what the results will tell about the child tested. It also explains how this type of evaluation differs from a school psychological assessment.

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Penn Speaks for Autism

The purpose of this organization is to provide support for individuals with autism and to increase awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) at the University of Pennsylvania and in Philadelphia.

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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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