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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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United Way 2-1-1 Information and Referral Service

United Way’s 2-1-1 provides FREE and confidential information and referral. 2-1-1 is there to help with basic needs such as food, housing, and health care. It also can help in areas such as employment, psychological health, and more. 2-1-1 is available 24/7 through their phone service and website.

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Video: All About Your Child

This presentation for families and caregivers provides suggestions on preparing for emergency care for their child.

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Video: Holidays in 2020

This video reviews some of the changes that you and your family may experience in 2020 as a result of COVID-19.

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Video: Understanding Quarantine

This video provides information on how, when, and who should quarantine during COVID-19.

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Wearing a Mask and Communication

As a result of COVID-19, health care providers have recommended people wear masks as a way to prevent the spread of the disease. Wearing masks can be uncomfortable, and for individuals who have sensory sensitivities, it can be even harder. These resources provide a guide for families and caregivers on how to work with loved ones on getting comfortable wearing a mask, different types of masks based on individual needs, as well as information on communicating while wearing masks for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.

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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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