Going Back to Work Social Story


This resource provides a visual guide for individuals with autism about going back to work after the COVID-19 pandemic. The resource includes information on what will be different at work because of the pandemic.

A cartoon rendering of four buildings.

Many people are going back to work when it is safe to go back to work.

A woman with a hand raised.

I might have to go back to work soon too.

A work desk with a protective screen.

The way that I do my job will be different when I go back to work.

A woman wearing a mask.

My boss will ask me to wear a mask while I work.

Two women wearing masks waving to each other.

My coworkers will also wear masks while they work.

Two women and a man wearing masks at work.

Everyone has to wear a mask for the entire shift.

A woman wearing a mask.

We wear masks to keep myself, co-workers, and other people safe.

Two hands with soap.

I will also be asked to wash my hands often and use hand sanitizer.

A women wearing a mask and gloves waving.

I might also have to wear gloves while I work.

Two women wearing masks waving to each other with the words

I will be asked to keep distance between myself and other people.

Two women with groceries wearing masks standing in line to check out.

My workplace might look different to keep customers and visitors safe, too.

A smiling woman.

These new rules help me stay safe and healthy while I’m at work.

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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.