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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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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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Encouraging Independence

This resource provides information for direct support staff on how they can encourage the individuals with autism they support to be more independent in their lives.

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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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Navigating Health Services

This resource, developed by ASERT, provides information for direct support staff on how to help the individuals they support to navigate different health services and systems.

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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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Supporting the Right to a Community Life

This is a guide to aid in the understanding of the Home and Community Based Settings (HCBS) Final Rule, which helps people with disabilities have the kinds of services they need in their communities.

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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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