Be Safe: Community Safety Social Story


This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection, is a social story for individuals with autism to help explain and teach ways for them to stay safe when they are out in the community.

A boy and a waving man are shown in front of street buildings.

Going out in the community can be fun!

A smiling boy with a thought bubble reading

But you need to follow the rules to be safe.

A boy says,

Tell a parent or trusted adult where you are going and when you’ll be back.

A dad tells his son to call him or go to the police station if he gets lost or feels unsafe. The son says,

Be sure to make a safety plan with who to call and where to go.

A cell phone with a charging symbol is shown next to a cell phone charger.

If you have a cell phone, make sure it’s on and charged.

A list of emergency numbers and a cell phone with the words

If you don’t have a cell phone, make sure you have phone numbers for trusted adults and know how to call for help.

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A poorly-lit street is shown in the top left. A girl and two boys are shown next to a well-lit area in the bottom right.

Know the area you are visiting and stay away from dangerous areas.

A man asks a boy for personal information.

Don't share personal information with strangers.

A boy is shown next to a dotted line connecting is house to another building.

Know where you're going and how to get there safely.

A boy stands next to a police officer and says,

If something bad happens, know who you can ask for help from, like a police officer, bus driver, or store clerk.

A stranger stands behind a boy outside a building. The boy is leaving the area.

If you don't feel safe, leave the area and check your safety plan for a safe place to go.

A girl stands between two boys in the center of the image.

Have fun, be safe, and enjoy yourself.

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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 ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.