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.
Below is information on employment that we hope potential employers will find useful when interacting with their employees!
Habits are the things we do routinely day after day. When we get up, how we dress, and whether we exercise are all examples of daily habits. In a sense, we are the product of our habits, and sometimes it’s necessary to change habits if they do not serve our health or well-being. For people with autism, the predictability that is found in habits and routine is both calming and critical. Cultivating new habits, while challenging, often leads to personal growth and improved quality of life. The flow process chart below will assist you in supporting a person with autism in developing and maintaining new habits.
Adjust the micro-behavior in small steps until the desired goal is met and the habit is established
Review the individual’s current goals to identify whether there are areas that new habits should be encouraged. Ask her which goal she would like to focus on and describe the new habit(s) that are necessary to work toward the goal. Choose one new habit together and begin the process of fostering the new behavior using the strategies provided here.
Everyone wishes to be treated with respect. The best way for you to gain the respect of someone you support is to build a relationship of mutual trust. In addition to the ways you build any respectful relationship, there are also methods unique to building relationships with people on the autism spectrum. Maintaining a person-centered perspective in your everyday interactions is key.
The main point of person centeredness is acknowledging that both you and the person you support have strengths, hopes, passions and needs that are important to well-being and a positive life condition.
The purpose of this bulletin is to update guidance regarding requirements for when individuals must be referred to the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR). This guidance applies to individuals enrolled in or enrolling in any of the following:
• Consolidated Waiver
• Person/Family Directed Support (P/FDS) Waiver
• Adult Autism Waiver
Employment-related services impacted by this bulletin include:
• Supported Employment available in the Consolidated and P/FDS Waivers
• Supported Employment, Job Assessment and Job Finding available in the Adult Autism Waiver
• Transitional Work available in the Consolidated, P/FDS and Adult Autism Waivers
• Prevocational Services in the Consolidated and P/FDS Waivers
|Supporting new habits||This resource, developed by ASERT, provides information for direct support staff and others working with individuals who have autism on how to help teach new skills and support new habits.||Download file: Supporting new habits|
|Referral Process for Employment||The purpose of this bulletin is to update guidance regarding requirements for when individuals must be referred to the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR).||Download file: Referral Process for Employment|
This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.