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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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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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What Am I Telling You? Guide for Justice Professionals

This resource, created by ASERT, provides information for justice and child welfare professionals about different behaviors they may observe in individuals on the autism spectrum, how those behaviors may be misinterpreted, and what they may actually mean. This resource was created with support and reviewed by individuals on the spectrum.

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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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When to Call 911 – Parts 1 & 2 Social Story

These social stories were created to describe the various aspects of determining when to call 911, for individuals with autism.

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