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PA Gathering: How Do Adults on the Spectrum Live and Take Care of Themselves During the 21st Century?

Mike Bomberger, Thomas Hassell, and Rachel Guttentag share their experiences as autistic adults living in the 21st century.

Resources to Accompany Topic Discussion

Promoting Self Determination in the Home

10 Steps to Independence: Promoting Self-Determination in the Home is a guide for parents to help their child become self-determined. It focuses on ten key issues including exploration and self-esteem.

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Video: Self-Care During Stressful Times

This presentation provides information for support staff on the importance of taking care of themselves while taking care of others during stressful times.

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Washing the Dishes Social Story

This resource developed by ASERT helps individuals learn how to wash the dishes by hand.

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Well-Being in Isolation: Daily Checklist

This resource, developed by ASERT, provides a checklist of activities that can be done to help maintain your mental health and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Laundry and Sensory Issues

Doing laundry is necessary, but can be a sensory overload for individuals with autism. This resource provides helpful tips for completing laundry for individuals with autism.

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Be Safe: Home Safety Social Story

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection, is a social story explaining ways to stay safe when at home.

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Developing a Budget

This resource provides information for individuals with autism on the importance of developing a budget and steps to create one for themselves.

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Finding Activities in Your Community

This resource, developed by ASERT for ASDNext, provides tips and suggestions for places to find events or activities going on in your community.

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Tips and Guidelines for Using Mass Transit for Individuals with Autism

These information sheets provide general tips about using mass transit in Pennsylvania as well as specific information about using buses, trains, taxis, and the subway system.

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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.