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Author: Andrea Layton

Being a Careful Reader of Coronavirus Information

This resource provides tips and suggestions for making sure that you're getting the best and most trustworthy information related to coronavirus.

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Calling 911

This resources for parents/caregivers and self-advocates provides information about what to expect when you call 911.

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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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Decision Making for the COVID-19 Vaccine

This resource, developed by ASERT in collaboration with Dr. Venkat from Allegheny Health Network and Dr. Migyanka from Indiana University of Pennsylvania provides answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine to help individuals make informed decisions.

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Educating the Emergency Department

This resource was developed for parents/caregivers and self-advocates on educating your local emergency department about being on the spectrum.

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Emergency Preparedness Shelter Toolkits

These trauma-informed sensory positive toolkits were developed in partnership with the PA Department of Human Services for the purpose of informing self-advocates, shelter staff/volunteers, families, caregivers, and Direct Support Professionals (DSP) on how to best support persons with sensory needs, including individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and/or Autism in a disaster shelter setting. These toolkits are available to download, print, and share.

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Emergency Preparedness Workshops

This series of videos were recorded from workshops provided by PA Family Network to give families, self-advocates, and support staff the information needed to prepare for, and manage emergency situations. The resource also includes a link to request an emergency prep kit.

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Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine Social Stories

These social stories provide a visual explanation of what to expect when getting the vaccine for COVID-19 and what you may experience after getting the vaccine. Social stories are provided in both English and Spanish, and have also been developed into videos.

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I’m Vaccinated, Now What? Social Stories

These social stories are a visual resource providing information for individuals about what they can do once they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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Reasons Individuals Seek Emergency Care

This resource was developed for healthcare professionals in order to provide them with information about some of the common reasons individuals with autism may seek emergency care.

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