COVID-19

When AID in PA was first created, the goal was to combine the experience and expertise of  the Health Care Quality Units (HCQUs) and ASERT (Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training) to provide timely and useful information about COVID-19 to individuals with autism and intellectual disabilities, their families, caregivers, support staff and the general community.

This page highlights the resources developed as part of that initial collaboration, focusing on content specific to COVID-19 and the ongoing changes it’s brought to the world.

For each group, content is broken down into 3 categories: Quick Bites, Next Steps and Deeper Dive.

Quick Bites: These resources provide a general overview of the topic. If you only have a few minutes to look at information, start with the “quick bites”. This is where you’ll find the most important resources.

Next Steps: If you have more time to spend take the “next step” into these resources where you can find more detailed content on the topic.

Deeper Dive: These resources provide an in-depth look at the topic, rounding out earlier resources and exploring the topic in more detail.

Vaccine Information

These resources are designed to help answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. There is information on Emergency Use Authorization and social stories on getting the vaccine and what to expect after you receive a vaccine. These resources were developed in collaboration with the PA Department of Health.

Resources are available in both English and Spanish.

Vaccine Resources

Self-Advocates

Quick Bites

Video: New Rules in Familiar Places

This video provides information for self-advocates on changes to expect when going back into the community, and tips on how to manage those changes.

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Video: Hand Washing Tips and Tools

These videos provide tips and tools for when and how to properly wash hands.

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Video: Communication During a Pandemic

This presentation provides information about the communication method, and the importance of communicating during difficult times.

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Video: If People Don’t Wear Masks

This video provides do's and don'ts if you see someone not wearing a mask while out in public.

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Next Steps

Video: Back into the Community

This video provides self-advocates with tips and information on finding good information about COVID-19 and guidelines for going back into the community.

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Video: Returning to the Community for Self-Advocates

This webinar shares interviews with self-advocates offering their perspectives on reentering communities in this "new normal."

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Video: Being Flexible and Starting New Routines

This presentation, for self-advocates, provides tips and suggestions on being flexible during times of change and learning how to start new routines.

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Video: Managing Stress and Emotions

This video provides information for self-advocates on how to manage stress and difficult emotions they may be having.

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Video: Well Being in Isolation

This video provides information on how to maintain your mental health and overall well being while socially distancing and being isolated from friends and family due to COVID-19.

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Video: Maintaining Mental Health During a Pandemic

This video provides information about COVID-19 fatigue and how to maintain your mental health during the ongoing global pandemic.

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Deeper Dive

Video: Finding Gratitude

This video provides information about gratitude, and ways to practice it to improve your well being.

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Video: Self-Advocate Perspectives on Returning to the Community

This video provides insights from self-advocates about going back into the community during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Video: Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

This video developed by Western Region ASERT, provides self-advocates with information about Post-Traumatic Stress and how to handle difficult emotions.

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Video: Bereavement During a Pandemic

This video provides advice on how to manage the grief associated with bereavement during a pandemic. There are two videos included in this resource, one for the general community and one for self-advocates. There is also information on how to best support individuals during this time.

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Video: Reopening After COVID-19

This video reviews the Red, Yellow and Green phases of Pennsylvania counties, what to expect in each and how these keep us safe and healthy.

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Video: Dealing with Negative Thoughts and Maintaining Control

This video for self-advocates provides information on how to deal with negative thoughts that may come up as a result of COVID-19 and how to maintain a sense of control.

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Families

Quick Bites

Video: Teaching Infection Control

In this video, tips and suggestions are provided on how to teach individuals new skills.

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Video: Routines and Schedules During an Emergency

This video will focus on helping families and caregivers develop routines during an emergency.

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Video: Evolving in a World with COVID-19

This video provides information for families and caregivers on how to manage the changing situation around COVID-19 and the community.

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Video: Wellness and Mindfulness Strategies

In this video, tips and strategies are provided for families/caregivers on wellness and mindfulness techniques.

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Video: Caring for Someone with COVID-19

This presentation provides information for families and caregivers on how to care for someone with COVID-19 at home.

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Video: Safety While Completing Errands

This video provides information on safely running errands in the community.

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Next Steps

Video: Creating a Social Bubble

In this video the concept of social bubbles is explained, along with information on how to safely create them to provide social support.

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Video: Monitoring Physical Health

This video is designed to support families and caregivers as they transition a loved one with autism back into the community.

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Video: Preparing to Go Into the Community

This video provides information for families/caregivers on how to prepare their loved one to go back into the community safely.

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Video: Parenting in a Pandemic

This video focuses on the difficulties and strategies real families and caregivers are having during this time of social distancing.

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Video: Routines and Schedules During an Emergency

This video will focus on helping families and caregivers develop routines during an emergency.

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Video: Anxiety-What you need to know

This video provides information about anxiety, risk factors, signs of anxiety in individuals with ID/A, and ways to manage anxiety.

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Video: Behavioral Presentation of COVID-19

This presentation provides information on signs of COVID-19 to look for in individuals who have limited expressive language.

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Deeper Dive

Video: School Year Resiliency

This video provides tips and information for parents on how to help your kids manage the many changes to their school routines due to COVID-19.

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Video: Staying Healthy During Holidays

This video provides tips and suggestions for keeping healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic while celebrating the holidays with family.

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Video: Staycation vs Vacation- How to Have Fun and Stay Safe

Whether you're planning to stay home or get away, this webinar explains how to stay safe and make the most of your time off.

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Video: Emotional Pain During a Pandemic

This video is geared toward families and explains emotional pain and how to manage it during a pandemic.

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Video: Parent Perspective on Telehealth

This video provides information from a parent of two young children about their experiences receiving therapy services through telehealth.

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Video: Compassion Fatigue

This video provides an over of what compassion fatigue is, how to recognize it, and ways to manage.

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Providers

Quick Bites

Video: Teaching Infection Control

In this video, tips and suggestions are provided on how to teach individuals new skills.

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Video: Caring for Someone with COVID-19

This presentation provides information for families and caregivers on how to care for someone with COVID-19 at home.

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Video: Behavioral Presentation of COVID-19

This presentation provides information on signs of COVID-19 to look for in individuals who have limited expressive language.

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Video: Sleep Hygiene

This presentation provides information about sleep hygiene, the importance of sleep, and tips for developing good nighttime sleep habits.

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Video: Safety While Completing Errands

This video provides information on safely running errands in the community.

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Next Steps

Video: Staying Connected While Socially Distancing

This presentation provides tips and suggestions on how to stay connected with others while following stay at home orders.

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Video: Self-Care During Stressful Times

This presentation provides information for support staff on the importance of taking care of themselves while taking care of others during stressful times.

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Video: Creating a Social Bubble

In this video the concept of social bubbles is explained, along with information on how to safely create them to provide social support.

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Video: Home from the Hospital

These videos provide information for families and caregivers on how to care for someone when they come home after having COVID-19.

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Video: When You Can’t Go Home After Hospital

This video for families and caregivers how to plan for care after a hospitalization for COVID-19, including what to do if the person isn't able to return home after being discharged from the hospital.

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Deeper Dive

Video: Compassion Fatigue

This video provides an over of what compassion fatigue is, how to recognize it, and ways to manage.

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Video: Help Transition Back into the Community

This video provides nurses with information on how to support caregivers and self-advocates prepare to go back into the community.

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Video: Emotional Dysregulation

This video provides information for provider staff on how to support individuals who may be having trouble managing their emotions.

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Video: Anxiety-What you need to know

This video provides information about anxiety, risk factors, signs of anxiety in individuals with ID/A, and ways to manage anxiety.

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Professionals

Quick Bites

Video: Behavioral Presentation of COVID-19

This presentation provides information on signs of COVID-19 to look for in individuals who have limited expressive language.

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Video: Teaching Infection Control

In this video, tips and suggestions are provided on how to teach individuals new skills.

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Video: Compassion Fatigue

This video provides an over of what compassion fatigue is, how to recognize it, and ways to manage.

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Video: Telehealth

This presentation provides an overview of telehealth, and important tips on using telehealth to connect with providers.

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Next Steps

Video: Emotional Dysregulation

This video provides information for provider staff on how to support individuals who may be having trouble managing their emotions.

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Video: Staying Connected While Socially Distancing

This presentation provides tips and suggestions on how to stay connected with others while following stay at home orders.

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Video: Self-Care During Stressful Times

This presentation provides information for support staff on the importance of taking care of themselves while taking care of others during stressful times.

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Video: Sleep Hygiene

This presentation provides information about sleep hygiene, the importance of sleep, and tips for developing good nighttime sleep habits.

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Deeper Dive

Video: The Importance of Sleep

Watch this webinar to understand the benefits or quality sleep and for tips on getting proper sleep.

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Video: Parent Perspective on Telehealth

This video provides information from a parent of two young children about their experiences receiving therapy services through telehealth.

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Video: Emotional Pain During a Pandemic

This video is geared toward families and explains emotional pain and how to manage it during a pandemic.

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Video: Wellness and Mindfulness Strategies

In this video, tips and strategies are provided for families/caregivers on wellness and mindfulness techniques.

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Video: Help Transition Back into the Community

This video provides nurses with information on how to support caregivers and self-advocates prepare to go back into the community.

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Community

Quick Bites

Video: Understanding Quarantine

This video provides information on how, when, and who should quarantine during COVID-19.

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Video: Coping with Coronavirus

This presentation provides information about managing stressful situations, like COVID-19.

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Video: Safety While Completing Errands

This video provides information on safely running errands in the community.

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Video: Creating a Social Bubble

In this video the concept of social bubbles is explained, along with information on how to safely create them to provide social support.

View Resource

Next Steps

Video: Bereavement During a Pandemic

This video provides advice on how to manage the grief associated with bereavement during a pandemic. There are two videos included in this resource, one for the general community and one for self-advocates. There is also information on how to best support individuals during this time.

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Video: Anxiety-What you need to know

This video provides information about anxiety, risk factors, signs of anxiety in individuals with ID/A, and ways to manage anxiety.

View Resource

Video: Staying Connected While Socially Distancing

This presentation provides tips and suggestions on how to stay connected with others while following stay at home orders.

View Resource

Video: Evolving in a World with COVID-19

This video provides information for families and caregivers on how to manage the changing situation around COVID-19 and the community.

View Resource

Deeper Dive

Video: Emotional Pain During a Pandemic

This video is geared toward families and explains emotional pain and how to manage it during a pandemic.

View Resource

Video: Telehealth

This presentation provides an overview of telehealth, and important tips on using telehealth to connect with providers.

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Video: Behavioral Presentation of COVID-19

This presentation provides information on signs of COVID-19 to look for in individuals who have limited expressive language.

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Video: Self-Care During Stressful Times

This presentation provides information for support staff on the importance of taking care of themselves while taking care of others during stressful times.

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