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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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What I Do Matters

By Out-of-Sync Woman

 I have always believed what I do matters. What I do, say, and think affects not just me but many people. This has become increasingly more visible and hard to deny that the actions we take ripples outward from us. I want to be part of the solution, not the problem.

 So I will listen to the daily announcement from the Governor of Pennsylvania, paying attention to what is requested of me. I will, to the best of my ability, take heed and practice what is asked of me as a citizen of Pennsylvania. I will properly wash my hands, try my best not to touch my face and I will stay home as much as possible. I need to take it into serious consideration if it’s necessary for me to leave my home. The latest is that I will wear a mask when leaving my home. I do this not just because my government asked me to, but because of all the people that I care about who are at risk of getting sick. I do this for my parents, family, friends, and neighbors.

 I need to believe that by staying home and only going out when necessary and by observing proper precautions like wearing a mask, I’m part of the solution. I will also concentrate on what I can do and not focus so much on what’s out of my control or not my responsibility.

I will take ownership of my attitude and thoughts by letting go of the negative ones and concentrating on the positive ones. I will look for the best in every day and in the people that I spend time with. I will cut myself slack when I don’t live up to my expectations and try better next time. I will also try to believe the best about other people and their actions. In a world that feels incredibly uncertain, these are all actions that I have the ability to do and that gives me great comfort.