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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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Independence

These resources are designed to help young adults with autism navigate the world as independently as possible.

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ASERT Collaboration with PA Patient Safety Authority

As the number of Pennsylvanians diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) continues to grow, healthcare facilities are seeing an increase in the number of these individuals seeking care. Negative interactions with the healthcare system and concerns about the quality of care provided to this population have been reported by individuals with ASD, their families, and healthcare providers. Resources such as this can help healthcare facilities improve care for this population.

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Assistance with Medical Bills

With the rising cost of medical services it can be difficult to afford appropriate and necessary care. This resource provides information on organizations that may be able to help with the costs of healthcare.

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Assistive Technologies

The need for Assistive Technology (AT) devices and services is one of the special considerations that IEP teams MUST address in developing or reviewing the IEP. This specific resource offers information and resources to help make these decisions.

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Assistive Technology and Transition Planning

The Family Information Guide to Assistive Technology and Transition Planning is designed to help families prepare for those times during which their child moves from one environment to another and from one developmental stage to another. The focus is on the role of assistive technology during those times.

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Assistive Technology in the Individualized Education Program (IEP)

Appropriate assistive technology (AT) devices and services can allow students with disabilities to participate in and benefit from the general education curriculum and to meet Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals. The purpose of this brochure is to provide guidance to the special educators, related service providers, and parents as they develop Individual Education Programs (IEP) for students using assistive technology.

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Association for Science in Autism Treatment (ASAT)

The ASAT website is a leader in providing research summaries for autism treatments so that families and professionals can make informed choices before considering treatment options.

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Assuring Health and Safety: What does that mean for the Direct Support Professional?

This webcast from the Bureau of Autism Services, provides information on waiver assurance, incident management, abuse and neglect, restrictive procedures and assuring health & safety for direct support professionals who work with individuals who have autism.

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Attending a Birthday Party

This resource, developed by ASERT, provides helpful tips and suggestions for helping individuals with autism have an enjoyable time at birthday parties.

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Autism & Safety (National Autism Association Safety Initiative)

Wandering can occur anywhere at anytime. The first time can often be the worst time. This is a brochure with suggestions for keeping someone with autism who wanders safe.

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Autism & Sexuality

This video recording of Dr. Peter Gerhardt's keynote presentation "Sexuality & Sexuality Instruction with Learners with ASD: What Behavior Analysts and Others Need to Know" provides an overview of the issues people with autism face regarding sexuality.

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Autism 101 for Fire and Rescue

A guide for fire and rescue personnel from Speak Unlimited Education & Advocacy that provides information regarding autism facts to know, difficulties with rescue, and other issues that are frequently encountered by fire and rescue personnel.

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Autism 101 for Police Officers

A guide for police and law enforcement personnel from SPEAK Unlimited Education & Advocacy that provides information regarding autism facts to know, techniques to effectively interact with an individual with autism and other issues that are frequently encountered by police and law enforcement personnel.

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Autism and the Justice System Infographic

The ASERT collaborative, led by the Eastern Region, conducted a survey of justice system professionals to determine their current autism knowledge and discern their training needs and priorities. This infographic provides a quick overview of the results of that survey.

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Autism and Wandering

This specific resource is a brochure with suggestions for keeping someone with autism who wanders safe. Topics include definitions, how to secure your home, suggestions to prevent wandering, and how to alert people who can help.

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Autism Awareness, Community Education and Support (AACES)

Autism Awareness, Community Education and Support (AACES) is a group of programs designed to increase independence and decrease isolation among young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This brochure provides information on the different programs available to individuals living in Bucks and Montgomery Counties.

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