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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

Adult Autism Programs: AAW & ACAP

Pennsylvania offers two programs for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) through the Bureau of Autism Services (BAS): the Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) and the Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP). Both programs are designed for residents of Pennsylvania who are age 21 and older and have a diagnosis of autism. These programs are evidence-based and outcome-driven models which have been designed to assist participants in gaining the greatest level of independence possible, encourage involvement in community life, improve social skills and provide support to caregivers.

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Adult Social Group for Individuals with HFA/ASP

This support group is a Discussion Group and Social Outings Group for adults eighteen and older who are on the autism spectrum and live in or near the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area.

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Autism Relationships

This section of the Autism Connection of Pennsylvania website is a series of videos designed to help individuals with autism learn how to develop lasting relationships.

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Autism Speaks: Social Skills & Autism

This website provides information about social skills and some different tools that might help enhance the social skills of a person with autism.

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Bullying Prevention and Intervetion

Bullying, including cyberbullying, is a serious problem that impacts many children but is even more prevalent for children who have disabilities. This resource provides information from various sources about bullying, how to prevent it from occurring, and what can be done to support individuals who have experienced bullying.

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Everyday Lives

People with disabilities have a right to an everyday life; a life that is no different than that of all other citizens. This continues to be the truest statement on which we can build our work.

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Interactive Autism Network

The Interactive Autism Network (IAN) is a partnership with the Kennedy Krieger Institute and this website provides a variety of resources and information related to autism in adulthood.

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Peer Pressure Social Story

This resource provides a visual guide for individuals with autism on how to handle peer pressure.

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Romance 101: Dating for Adults with Autism

This resource, part of the CAR Autism Roadmap developed by the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, provides information for individuals with autism about dating, including where to meet people, how to handle rejection, autism-specific concerns, safety, and marriage.

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Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS)

This website provides information and resources on sex education, healthy relationships, sexual and reproductive health, sexual rights, and more from the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS).

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