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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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Activity and Event Ideas for Autism Support Groups

This resource, developed by ASERT, provides suggestions and tips for individuals who are starting their own autism support or social group.

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Adult Autism Programs: AAW & ACAP

Pennsylvania offers two programs for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) through the Bureau of Autism Services (BAS): the Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) and the Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP). Both programs are designed for residents of Pennsylvania who are age 21 and older and have a diagnosis of autism. These programs are evidence-based and outcome-driven models which have been designed to assist participants in gaining the greatest level of independence possible, encourage involvement in community life, improve social skills and provide support to caregivers.

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Adult Social Group for Individuals with HFA/ASP

This support group is a Discussion Group and Social Outings Group for adults eighteen and older who are on the autism spectrum and live in or near the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area.

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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 Relationships

This section of the Autism Connection of Pennsylvania website is a series of videos designed to help individuals with autism learn how to develop lasting relationships.

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Autism Speaks: Social Skills & Autism

This website provides information about social skills and some different tools that might help enhance the social skills of a person with autism.

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Be Safe: Consensual Touch Social Story

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection focused on the prevention of sexual abuse and assault, provides information on consensual touch in a visual format.

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Be Safe: Explaining Sex and Sexual Behaviors Social Story

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection focused on the prevention of sexual abuse and assault, explains sex and different sexual behaviors for individuals in a visual format.

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Be Safe: Healthy vs Unhealthy Relationships Social Story

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection, is a social story that explains some of the differences in a healthy relationship compared to an unhealthy relationship.

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Be Safe: Intervention Resources for Individuals with Autism

These resources are designed to provide information and tips on how to provide support to individuals with autism who may have experienced sexual abuse or assault. There are general resources that are appropriate for all ages and developmental levels, as well as specific resources for caregivers, professionals and individuals with autism.

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