Coronavirus Health and Safety Guide Video
What is Coronavirus?
Coronavirus is an illness that can be spread from person to person through droplets – like from coughing or sneezing. You may hear it called coronavirus, COVID-19, or novel coronavirus.
Make sure to visit our wearing a mask social story and desensitization an wearing a mask resource for information about how you and those around you can stay safe while interacting with others or going out in the community. Also, make sure to explore the information below to learn more about how to remain safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Holidays in 2020
Celebrating the holidays this year is going to look a little different than usual. This collection of resources provides tips on how to stay connected with family and friends during the holiday season, while staying safe and healthy. Resources include a one page guide to hosting small gatherings safely, a social story for understanding changes that may happen over the holidays due to COVID, and videos with additional information and suggestions.
*Holidays in 2020 Social Story is available in English, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Chinese, and Burmese*
Holidays in 2020 Social Story
Holidays in 2020 Video
Safe Practices for Gathering Over the Holidays
Staying Healthy Over the Holidays (AID in PA)
Wearing a Mask
Wearing a mask is important for helping you and others in the community stay healthy and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Even as activities begin to open up around the state, it’s important to follow the guidelines and wear a mask when you’re in the community. Below are resources designed to help individuals with autism and their families get comfortable wearing a mask and understanding why they are important.
Social Story: This resource is a visual guide to helping individuals with autism understand why it’s important to wear a mask, when it’s important to wear a mask, and how to properly wear a mask when in the community. An animated version of the social story is also available.
Animated Social Story
Teaching to Wear a Mask and Communication: These resources are for parents and caregivers to help individuals with autism become comfortable with wearing a mask while in the community. They provide tips and suggestions for gradually getting individuals comfortable with wearing a mask, as well as suggestions for different types of masks. Additionally, information about communication barriers while wearing a mask, and ways that clear masks can help limit those barriers is also provided.
Toolkit for Helping Your Child Wear a Mask: This resource, developed by the Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities at the University of Rochester Medical Center, provides tips, information and suggestions for parents on how to help their child wear a mask during COVID-19.
University of Rochester Medical Center COVID resources
Mask Toolkit (PDF)
No Mask, No Service: What are my rights to enter a business during the COVID-19 pandemic if I can’t wear a mask due to disability? This resource from Disability Rights Pennsylvania provides guidance on the Pennsylvania Depart of Health’s order for individuals to wear masks in public buildings to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and how this impacts individuals with disabilities who may not be able to wear a mask.
Disability Rights PA Resource
Heading back to WORK
ASERT has developed a simple reminder to keep you and your co-workers safe. If you’re an employer, you can post the flyer as a reminder for your employees. If you’re a parent, provider, or self-advocate, you can bring these to your employer and ask them to post them to help keep everyone safe at work.
Additional Resources and Information
Below you will find additional resources and information for parents, caregivers, direct support professionals, and individuals with autism to manage a variety of situations related to the current COVID-19 pandemic. This section will be changing as more information and resources become available, so check back often!