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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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Resource Tier: General Awareness

Be Well Think Well: Mental Health in Emergency Situations

This resource, part of the Be Well, Think Well resource collection, provides information about helping a first responders manage a crisis with individuals with autism and serious mental illness, identify reasons individuals may be anxious in an emergency and how to help reduce that anxiety, and examples of concrete language that first responders can use when interacting with individuals in an emergency situation.

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Guardianship & Legal Resources

This resource is a collection of information about guardianship and things to consider when determining the type of guardianship to pursue, the warning signs of abuse of power of attorney or guardianship, Supported Decision Making and how it can be used, and definitions of common legal terms you may encounter when discussing legal guardianship, power of attorney, or other legal proceedings.

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Including People with Disabilities in Your Political Campaign

This guide is a basic resource that campaigns at the local, state, and national levels can use to learn how they can become accessible not only to voters with disabilities, but also to people who want to volunteer with the campaign.

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Individualizing Support for Individuals with Autism

This resource, developed by ASERT for direct support professionals, provides information on how to create a person-centered approach that is focused on individual strengths and abilities when working with individuals who have autism.

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Public Comment: The Process

This infographic notes the benefits for individuals to get involved in public comment periods, as well as a brief overview of what public comment periods are.

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Removing Personal Judgement

This resource, developed by ASERT, provides information and suggestions for direct support staff on how they can work to remove their own personal thoughts and judgements when working with individuals with autism.

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Social Story: Custody Hearing, What to Expect

This social story was created by ASERT to explain the process of a custody hearing to individuals with autism.

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State Employment Leadership Network

State Employment Leadership Network website provides updates on the Pennsylvania’s Office of Developmental Programs 2017 Online webinars.

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Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion: Citizenship

These resources, part of the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion website, include resources related to citizenship, civic participation, voting, and getting involved in your community.

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Using Vision Boards to Find Community Supports

This resource from ASERT provides information for direct support staff on using vision boards to find supports within a community such as meet-up groups and activities.

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