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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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This collection of resources offers guidance on the social skills young adults with autism need to have in order to connect with friends, family, coworkers and partners.

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Dating During a Pandemic

COVID-19 has changed the way we communicate and interact with others. This means the way we meet and get to know a potential romantic partner has also changed. This guide is designed to help self-advocates navigate dating during a pandemic.

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Dating Resources for Individuals with Autism

These resources provide information and tips for individuals with autism on topics related to dating.

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Dub-C Autism Program

West Chester University is proud to introduce the Dub-C Autism Program (D-CAP).

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Finding a Support Group

This resource was developed by ASERT to help individuals find a support group.

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Finding Activities in Your Community

This resource, developed by ASERT for ASDNext, provides tips and suggestions for places to find events or activities going on in your community.

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Finding Resources

Supporting an individual with autism to find resources within his or her neighborhood, town, county or broader metropolitan region provides a unique opportunity for you to teach fundamental skills in community living. One method of teaching these skills is to involve the person you support in researching, contacting, and connecting with local and regional resources. By scaffolding network building in gradual steps that consider the individual’s needs and learning process, you can empower him or her to play a more active role in shaping his community involvement. Below is a helpful planning tool to get you started. Try to complete as many steps as possible with the person you support.

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Going Grocery Shopping Social Story

This social story developed by ASERT explains what to do when going grocery shopping.

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Going to a Restaurant Social Story

This social story developed by ASERT explains what to do when you go to a restaurant.

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Guest Speaker Topics for Autism Support Groups (Ages 17+)

This resource developed by ASERT gives examples of topics for guest speakers to talk about at autism support groups with members that are 17 and older.

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Guidelines Concerning Sexual Health, Personal Relationships and Sexuality

The purpose of this bulletin is to distribute "Sexual Health, Personal Relationships, and Sexuality Guidelines" and encourage provider agencies to develop policies consistent with the guidelines.

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HCBS Advocacy

Supports the full inclusion of people with disabilities and aging populations in the community.

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Health Care Mentorship Program

A Health Care Mentorship Program has been developed to support people with Intellectual Disability (ID) to be more actively involved in taking control of their healthcare needs.

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Hosting a Sensory Friendly Event

A sensory friendly event is an event that is designed to be less sensory stimulating and overwhelming. This approach often makes it easier for individuals who have sensory sensitivities, such as those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), who are sensitive to things like noise, colors, sounds and smells, to participate in social activities and community or professional events. If your event is open to the public, you may not know if someone planning to attend has sensory sensitivities. It is therefore important to consider ways to make events welcoming for everyone who may attend.

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How to Find Someone to Date

When you want to start dating, it can be difficult to know exactly where to find people to date. This resource shares tips and ideas on the most common places to find someone to date.

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