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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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Individuals with Autism

Among ASERT’s thousands of resources are those specifically designed for individuals with autism. Here you will find a virtual network of support to make navigating life on the spectrum as seamless as possible.

We’ve highlighted some of our top resources below, or feel free to browse through all of the resources for individuals with autism!

Medicaid Waivers for Individuals with Autism

This page is about Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waivers in Pennsylvania. HCBS Waivers are a type of Medicaid program that provides long-term services and supports to groups of people who need support to live in their communities.

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Social Story Resource Collection

Social stories can be a helpful tool for individuals to prepare for and understand different situations, such as going to the library, following the rules of the justice system, or determining when to call 911. This bundle is a collection of social stories developed by ASERT and other professionals.

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Employment Resource Collection

This is a collection of resources focused on employment, aimed at helping individuals with autism find, and keep jobs.

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Walnut Street Theatre

The Walnut Street Theatre wants to accommodate all of their guests — including individuals with disabilities. On their website, they have lists of their special needs accommodations and sensory friendly performances.

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Washing the Dishes Social Story

This resource developed by ASERT helps individuals learn how to wash the dishes by hand.

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We Connect Now

One of the goals of this site is to help college students with disabilities to succeed in their studies by getting the information and support they need through resources, links, blogs latest news, studying existing laws and regulation, and personal contacts. Through this website people can also share and read other people’s stories as a source of support and comfort.

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Wearing a Mask Social Story

This resource provides a visual guide for individuals with autism about wearing a mask to avoid spreading germs. The resource includes why it's important to wear a mask, as well as information about how to safely wear and remove masks. The resource is translated into Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Arabic, and Burmese. An animated version is also available.

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Wearing Gloves Social Story

This resource, developed by ASERT, provides a visual explanation of how to properly wear gloves to keep yourself safe.

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Well-Being in Isolation Social Story

This social story reviews ways to cope with isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Well-Being in Isolation: Daily Checklist

This resource, developed by ASERT, provides a checklist of activities that can be done to help maintain your mental health and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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What are suicidal thoughts?: A social story

This resource developed by ASERT provides a visual explanation of what suicidal thoughts are and what to do if someone is having them.

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What to Do if You Get Pulled Over

This resource developed by ASERT helps individuals know what to do if they get pulled over by the police.

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What to do if your SSI benefits were cut off when you turned 18

When you turn 18, the Social Security Administration (SSA) reviews your case to see if you still meet the requirements to receive SSI. The rules change when you turn 18, and some people lose their benefits.

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