Video: What You Need TO Know About COVID-19

Video: What You Need TO Know About COVID-19 (Autistic Self-Advocacy Network

Resource Listing

I have to give credit the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, Intellectual Disability and Autism; Disability Rights, Pennsylvania; Autism Society of America; Autism Connection of PA, The Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN), and Autism Speaks for the linkage to much of the content that they have shared and in turn kept the chain rolling, so to speak.

Coronavirus Information

Vaccine Information

Statewide Autism Resources

Explaining Social Distancing

he Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends social distancing to taper the current pandemic. Here are some resources on social distancing for individuals and professionals. If you need additional resources in understanding this concept, one of the following recommendations may help.

There are several simulations available that demonstrate how social distancing works to limit the virus from spreading.  This visual presented helps explain this concept

Understanding the new CDC COVID-19 Community Levels

Plain Language on COVID

Supporting Individuals with Autism through Uncertain Times (AFIRM)

Mental Health

These next resources are provided by Jewsih Community Federation Services in Pittsburgh, PA

  1. Talking with your children about coronavirus
  2. Fear of the unknown and calming yourself
  3. Meditation: could it be for you?
  4. Self-care and watching the news
  5. Self-care when someone you love is sick
  6. How to Talk to Seniors about COVID-19
  7. How to Support Front-Line Workers You Love

Relaxation and General Coping Resources

Other Mental Health Resources

Suicide Prevention LifelineThe Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. 988

Virtual Support Groups

Telehealth Resources

COVID-19 Fatigue and Mental Health

COVID-19 Fatigue Maintaining Mental Health

Other Mental Health Resources

School & Learning

Educational-Related Social Stories

Modifying Routines

The sudden change to telework and virtual learning has required many of us to make drastic, unplanned changes to our daily routines. The Autism Society team and our Panel of Professional Advisors put together Modifying Routines resources to help our families adapt successfully to these changes.

Schedule Changes

  • Use social stories to explain changes to routines and/or social situations (usage of pictures, props, or symbols may be helpful) 
  • Allot extra time in your schedule to accommodate changes
  • Use time tables, clocks and charts to explain what times schedule changes will occur 
  • Make small changes as an initial change, to avoid feeling overwhelmed
  • Reward flexibility 
  • Create a calm down or decompression routine

Social Stories from our colleagues at the Indiana Resource Center for Autism –

Other Resources

Ongoing Medical Care 

  • Contact your healthcare provider if you have any concerns about receiving regularly scheduled medical care
  • Call ahead before visiting a doctor’s office 

Food & Nutrition

Employment for Autistic Adults

How to cope with disrupted personal routines during COVID-19
Tips for autistic adults to help cope with disruptions in routines, mental health challenges, and other ways to practice self-care during this difficult time. Written by Brigid Rankowski, a disability advocate, educator and international speaker and author on autism spectrum disorders. 

Working from home: Developing a new routine
The transition to remote work for many workers has presented many challenges. For some autistic employees this change can be even more difficult. Lydia Wayman, an autistic author, speaker, blogger and advocate, offers tips for adapting to a new work routine.  

Support for Autistic Adults Dealing with COVID-19 Employment Changes
Tips for autistic workers who may be facing a job change or unemployment. Includes information on applying for unemployment, accessing other benefits, budgeting, focusing on mental health, and more.  

Applying for Unemployment
For more information about applying for unemployment benefits, workers’ compensation, welfare or temporary assistance, and other programs and services that can help if you lose your job, visit  


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