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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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ASERT is here to support those who support individuals with autism. We have a wide range of resources designed for professionals who work with individuals on the spectrum.

Check out some of our top resources highlighted below, or search through the hundreds of resources available for professionals!

Support Professional Resources

This is a collection of resources from various sources for autism support professionals. Topics range from general autism information to mental health, relationships, daily life, rapport building, goal setting, safety and crisis management, professionalism, service navigation, and more.

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Autism Interaction and Communication Guide

Resources for professionals on Executive Functioning, Emotional Regulation, Theory of Mind, Sensory Differences, and general communication with individuals on the autism spectrum.

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Justice Resource Collection

This is a collection of resources on the topic of the justice system for justice system professionals and individuals with autism. Topics range from the law to court appearances, interacting with police, and more.

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COVID-19 Virtual Learning Supports

This collection of resources provides parents, caregivers and self-advocates information on virtual learning supports available to help students during COVID-19. Some resources are available statewide while others are specific to Philadelphia and other regions of Pennsylvania.

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COVID-19: How to Notify Your Contacts

This resource from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, reviews the steps to notifying your contacts if you've been diagnosed with COVID-19.

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Criminal Justice

All criminal justice professionals may come into contact with people on the autism spectrum, many of whom may be undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.

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Crisis Intervention and De-Escalation

In your direct support to adults with Autism, it is possible that you will encounter moments of crisis. A crisis can be triggered by environmental, social and communication stressors, changes in schedules or routines, task anxiety, and other factors. Crisis looks different for every individual, but in each situation, there will be a period of escalation before the crisis and then a de-escalation. Below you’ll find a helpful strategy for navigating how you can recognize and respond to an individual you’re supporting when he or she is escalating, in crisis, or de-escalating.

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Department of Human Services (DHS)

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services’s seven program offices administer services that provide care and support to Pennsylvania's most vulnerable individuals and families.

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Diversionary Programs: Justice System

This resource, developed by ASERT, provides an overview of what diversionary programs are, the goals of such programs, and examples of these programs in the justice system.

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Dual Diagnosis Training

The Dual Diagnosis Curriculum contains 20 core training modules which provide the basic information that anyone would need to support an individual who has a dual diagnosis.

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Early Identification and Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are neurodevelopmental disorders characterized by impaired social communication skills and isolated areas of interest.

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Elwyn’s Philadelphia Resource List for Autism and Special Needs

This guide for parents and professionals in the Philadelphia area lists resources and information in the local area.

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Employment Books for Employers and Individuals with Autism

These books from the Autism Society of Minnesota offer downloadable guides to both employers and individuals with autism who are looking to work.

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