This July, the Autism Society of America is highlighting new ways for families impacted by autism to navigate summer activities during COVID-19, as well as education regarding the protests that have occurred since May 26 in response to racism, police brutality, and deaths of black individuals such as George Floyd. Our goal is to provide resources to help autistic individuals and families find new ways to participate in summer fun while staying safe, in addition to helping individuals impacted by autism understand new societal changes in conjunction with recent and ongoing American protests.
Below we have compiled a digital toolkit of resources, information, referrals, and support to help autistic individuals and their families navigate summer staycation, COVID-19, racial discrimination conversations and protesting this July.
Racism and protest resources:
- Racism & BLM protest resources:
- Autism Society Message of Solidarity
- What is Racism? – Autism Society Social Story
- What are Protests? – Autism Society Social Story
- Teaching Ideas and Resources to Help Students Make Sense of George Floyd Protests by the New York Times
- Race and Autism resources:
- “Autistic While Black: How Autism Amplifies Stereotypes” by Catina Burkett
- Morénike Giwa Onaiwu – Advocate & Writer
- Black Autistic Lives Matter, by Victoria Adewale of University of Virginia
- Autism and Race: The Autistic People of Color Fund provides direct financial support to autistic people of color
- Dowloadable COVID-19 themed social stories to help make sense of things and help individuals acclimate to the “New Normal”
- FB Live Episodes from our Coronavirus Information Series
COVID-19 policy resources.
- Autism Society Advocacy Efforts for Covid-19
- Action Alert Center
- State Advocacy Toolkit
- URGE your Senators to VOTE YES for HEROES Act
- Advocate to your Governor for COVID-19 Federal Money to Autism services
- NPR Infection & Death Rate Research
- COVID-19 in Racial & Ethnic Minority Groups
Summer staycation / alternative activity resources:
- Summer staycation ideas:
- Alternative activities for summertime:
- Refer back to the June Toolkit for additional resources
- NSLA Summer Learning Resources
- Creative Summer Learning Ideas
- Arts & Learning Kids TV Show
- 50+ Sensory Play Ideas
- Homemade Slime Recipe
The Autism Society of Greater New Orleans is here to support you with the resources you need. Call us at 504-464-5733 or email us at email@example.com to speak with our Information and Referral Specialist to get personalized assistance and recommendations.
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