The Autism Society of Florida is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) comprised entirely of volunteers, mostly parents of people with autism and adults with autism. For 28 years, we have been working to ensure full participation and self-determination in every aspect of life for people across the autism spectrum. We work every day to empower lives by opening avenues of self-advocacy and advocating on behalf of others in a way that values equity, respect, dignity and diversity in all communities.
The Autism Society of Florida understands the ongoing concerns surrounding the COVID-19 virus. During this crisis, the Autism Society is communicating regularly with parents, self-advocates and professionals to provide relevant, reputable resources and information to address the added challenges to the autism community. As an organization, our highest priority is to improve the quality of life for the autism community, a mission that is amplified in times of crisis such as now. The Autism Society is committed to maintaining clear and transparent lines of communication, as we continue to monitor developments across our communities and around the world. Across our state, there were plans to celebrate National Autism Awareness Month in April. Due to the current crisis, those events may need to be canceled for the safety of everyone. Now, more than ever, we need you to join us as we spread awareness, promote acceptance, and ignite change via digital and electronic means so that everyone stays as informed as possible. We will continue to keep you updated by email, social media, and here on our website.
Please remember to follow basic hygiene precautions. Our children need us to keep them safe, by keeping ourselves safe. We wish our Florida, US and global communities well in these trying times and look forward to a speedy end to this time of crisis.
Focus on Staying Healthy
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus (COVID-19)
The best way to prevent illness is to put distance between yourself and others not living in your home. (at least 6 feet)
Clean your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care if needed.
If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people. If you are not sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
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Maintain a Schedule
Creating a daily schedule that works for you and your family provides children with a sense of stability and security. It should include scheduled meals, some quiet time activities, time to complete any schoolwork provided by your child’s teachers, time for creative play such as arts and crafts, and time for outdoor or active play. While under normal circumstances, limiting children’s sedentary screen time is recommended, relaxing limits in this area is probably inevitable and realistic during this time. Parents can steer children toward some of the fun learning websites listed on our Learning Supports Page.