COVID-19 information and resources for adults on the spectrum

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Video: Making Mask-Wearing Easier for Autistic Adults and Those with Sensory Needs

Clinical psychologist Dr. Rebecca Shaffer of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital reviews some easy steps to practice mask-wearing at home so that you can be successful wearing masks as communities re-open.

Employment 

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 usa.gov/unemployment.  

Mental Health 

Video: My tips for other autistics during the COVID-19 pandemic

Motivational Speaker and Poet, Russell Lehmann, talks about his struggles with his mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic and offers advice to other autistic adults as well as for parents of young children.  

WHO Coping With Stress
From the World Health Organization, an infographic with quick tips for managing stress.  

American Psychological Association Resources
The APA has put together many resources to help the community cope with the new challenges and disruptions from COVID-19. This includes information on: 

APA Podcast: Coping With Stress During COVID-19 
In this podcast, Dr. Lynn Bufka offers tips for managing anxiety and coping with stress during the current pandemic.  

Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 1-800-273-8255 or visit their website to chat with a crisis counselor.  

Crisis Text Line - Text ‘Home’ to 741-741 
Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in any type of crisis. Text 741-741 from anywhere in the US to text with a trained Crisis Counselor. 

Thriving at Home during the Pandemic: Authentic Tips for Resilience

SAMHSA National Lifeline: Call 800-273-TALK (8255)

If you or someone you know is in crisis—whether they are considering suicide or not—please call the toll-free Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) to speak with a trained crisis counselor 24/7.

Preparing And Navigating A Mental Health Crisis 

Taking steps to prepare for the possibility of a crisis can help you act quickly, ease your mind and lessen the impact if a crisis situation occurs. Navigating a Mental Health Crisis: A NAMI Resource Guide for Those Experiencing a Mental Health Emergency provides important, potentially life-saving information for people experiencing a mental health crisis and their loved ones.

Disaster Distress Helpline (SAMHSA): Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990

Text TalkWithUs to 66746 (TTY 1-800-846-8517)

If you or someone you care about is feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others, call

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