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.
This message is for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), their family members, friends and support staff:
We are looking for Personal Stories — Written Essays and Video Stories — from individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). We will be showcasing the Essays and Videos at the PA Autism Training Conference (PATC), which will be held virtually from October 5-7, 2021.
We think it’s important to feature the experiences and voices of autistic individuals during our conference. To do this, we are looking for individuals to share their experiences by submitting a Personal Story. If your Essay or Video is chosen, it will be displayed in a collection of media during PATC and will be available online throughout the conference and beyond. And you will receive $100 (per person) for your package of entries (whether one or two entries). You may submit a Written Essay or a Video Story (or both). Note: We will accept essays/videos from 20 people on a first come, first served basis. Only those 20 people will be compensated.
PATC 2020 Personal Stories — To look at the 15 Written Essays, 5 Animated Videos, 1 Video Story and 2 Video Interviews used for last year’s PATC, visit MyODP at: https://www.myodp.org/course/view.php?id=1694. You can enter as a guest or you can create an Account. Once logged in, scroll down until you get to “PATC 2020 Personal Stories.”
A note to family members, friends, and support staff: Please ask the individuals with ASD in your lives to consider writing an Essay and/or creating a Video Story, and offer to help them with whatever support they may need to share their story. The individual also has the option to be interviewed in a Video.
Deadline: August 1, 2021
Where to send your Personal Story: Please email all Essays and Videos to firstname.lastname@example.org with the Subject: PATC Personal Stories.
Contact information: Include your name, email address and phone number so we can contact you if your entry is selected. When we share the essays and videos during PATC, we can use your real name or a pseudonym. The choice is entirely yours. However, we strongly encourage you to use your real name as a byline because doing so can help reduce the stigma associated with mental health conditions. We want to empower you to share your story and to be proud of who you are.
Write about yourself and/or your Journey with Autism:
Here are some additional Themes that you could choose from:
You don’t have to answer all the questions for your Essay or Video; the questions are there to give you ideas of where to start. If you feel comfortable, please submit a picture to go with your Essay or Video. The picture can be of you or something related to your story.
Please Note: The PATC team has the right to make minor edits to any written or video submission. However you will be able to review and provide final approval on all pieces, including the animated videos, before they are used in the conference.
Story Telling Tips: Please click on this link for suggestions on how to create a good Personal Story: Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling.pdf (google.com)
Contributors from 2020: If you submitted a Written Essay for the Personal Stories Project for PATC in 2020, please provide new content for your Essay or Video. Perhaps a single Theme. You can choose from the above ideas, if you wish.
We can’t wait to read your stories! Thank you for considering this project. The PATC Team