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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health and Safety Guide

ASERT has put together some resources for those with autism and those who care for people with autism relating to the current Coronavirus outbreak.

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Finding Resources

Competencies: Community Living Skills and Supports; Community inclusion and networking

Get Focused

  • Identify the person’s strengths and challenges.
  • Review the person’s current goals that involve community living or inclusion.
  • Pinpoint a specific need or interest that relates to each goal.
  • Research neighborhood, local, and regional opportunities.
  • Choose 2–3 resources that he or she will contact.

Make an action plan

  • Map the steps that he or she will follow in contacting resources.
  • Use visual supports to make the plan concrete, such as a flow chart, images that illustrate the steps involved, or a timeline/calendar for taking steps.
  • Support him or her in creating a script to follow when he or she calls, speaks to, or emails a contact.
  • Talk to the individual you support about the type of support he or she needs from you while he or she is making the contact.
  • Support the individual in making the contact.
  • If the resource is a good fit, review any follow up steps
    needed to use the resource.

Try out the resource

  • Support the person in mapping the steps to try out the resource.
  • Use visual supports to make the plan concrete, such as a flow chart, images that illustrate the steps involved, or a
    timeline/calendar for taking steps.
  • Discuss with the individual how much support you will provide in trying out the resource.
  • After he or she has used the resource, debrief with the
    individual regarding his or her experience.
  • Provide support if she needs to find other resources or try that resource again.
  • Map any next steps needed to continue pursuing the resource.

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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.