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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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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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Sensory Story Time at the Library Social Story

These social stories were created to describe the various aspects of the library and sensory story time to individuals with autism.

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Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS)

This website provides information and resources on sex education, healthy relationships, sexual and reproductive health, sexual rights, and more from the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS).

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Shopping for Clothes

Going clothing shopping can be a stressful time for an individual with autism and the rest of the family. This FAQ sheet will give information that may be helpful with understanding some of the difficulties families have during a day of shopping.

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Shopping Tips for Adults with Autism

While shopping is a necessary part of life for an adult with autism, it can also cause anxiety. This information sheet provides tips and suggestions for planning your next shopping trip.

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Small World Special Needs

A resource hub for individuals helping children with special needs to find ways to improve the child's quality of life.

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Social Skills Resources for Individuals with Autism

Challenges with social skills and social situations is a core characteristic of autism. These resources provide useful information, tips and suggestions on ways to help teach and improve social skills. Resources focus on basic conversation skills, employment settings and even dating.

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Spotlight On: Social Skills for Individuals with Autism

These resources, developed by ASERT, are based on information and lessons learned from the ASERT Adolescent and Adult Multimedia Social Skills Groups.

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Starting a Parent Support Group

Parents of a child on the autism spectrum often attend a support group where other parents understand they issues they face. These groups may take the form of providing relevant information, relating personal experiences, listening to others' experiences, providing sympathetic understanding, and establishing social networks.

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Starting an Autism Support/Self-Advocacy Group

Support/Advocacy groups are a great way to learn from others’ experiences, discover local resources, and stay informed about things that are happening in your community. There are lots of different kinds of support/advocacy groups that meet different needs. If you are interested in starting a support or self-advocacy group, the information below will give you some guidance.

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Stay At Home Order Social Story

This resource provides a visual guide to what the stay at home order means. This resource has been translated into Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Arabic and Burmese. It is also available as an animated video.

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Teaching Children with Autism To Attend Religious Services (ASAT)

Hopefully, these guidelines will help you achieve a positive experience in promoting success for teaching an individual with autism to attend a religious service.

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Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion: General Inclusion

These resources focus on information related to definitions, justifications, theories, life domains, and/or research-based fundamentals of the community inclusion approach to community mental health care. Resources relevant to specific populations – those in the LBGTQI community, or older adults, etc. – are also addressed in this section. Readers can use these materials to broaden their own understanding of the field, as the basis for consumer and/or staff educational programs, or refer to these documents in program or funding proposals.

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Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion: Public Policy

Papers that explore the implications of the Olmstead Act, federal rules and regulations with regard to community participation in work and educational settings, and guidebooks for both state and county administrators with regard to promoting community inclusion locally.

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Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion: Relationships

A wide range of materials, training guides, and research reports on the importance of sustained family, friendship, and romantic relationships, as well as a training manual to help community mental health personnel talk more effectively with consumers about their sexual relationships.

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The Miracle League of the Lehigh Valley

The Miracle League is a baseball league in Lehigh Valley created particularly for children with disabilities.

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