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Autism Services Inc.

 

COVID-19 Information Page

Last Updated April 1, 2020

Status of Programs and Services

Education program closed until April 20, 2020
FSS Programs – TRAC, After School, In Home Respite suspended until further notice
Social Skills and In Home Behavior Support are working on remote service delivery options. Stay tuned for more information.
Supplemental Day Hab services suspended until further notice.
Day Habilitation: Hertel, South Long, Without Walls – services suspended until further notice.
Employment Services – services suspended until further notice.
Residential – no visitors allowed unless clinically or medically necessary per OPWDD guidance.

ASI Staff

Please check Paylocity for communication and updates from the Crisis Management Team throughout this crisis.

Resources for Families

Our teachers are working on videos for families to watch with our students. Please visit our Educational Videos page to view.

Find Speech Therapy Resources here

Find Occupational Therapy Resources here

Social Stories
Social Story about COVID-19 school closure
Overview of COVID-19 describes what COVID-19 is and how to protect yourself and can be used to help your loved one make sense of what is happening in the world right now.
Staying Home for Now can help you explain to your loved one why it is important to stay at home during this crisis.

Useful Links

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/
World Health Organization (WHO): https://www.who.int/
Department of Health: https://www.health.ny.gov/
Erie County Department of Health: http://www2.erie.gov/health/index.php?q=coronavirus
New York State Education: http://www.nysed.gov/
Office for People With Developmental Disabilities: https://opwdd.ny.gov/

Questions? Contact our Crisis Management Team

If you have specific questions, please call 631-5777 x 380 and leave a message or email us. Thank you again for your patience as we continue our attempts to provide consistent messages during an ever-changing crisis situation.

ASI’s Crisis Management Team has developed and implemented a COVID-19 Response Plan which can be downloaded here. Please note that information is ever changing and this document will be updated as needed. All information is only accurate up until the date and time indicated on the top of the Plan.

Letter to Families and Staff of ASI

March 14, 2020

Autism Services, Inc. is carefully monitoring the developing situation regarding COVID-19. We recognize there is a great deal of fear, anxiety and uncertainty regarding the virus and its effect on our region. We share your concerns and are working hard to minimize the risk of infection. The safety of the people we support, their families, and our employees is of the utmost importance.

We have mobilized our Crisis Management Team to ensure we are taking appropriate action based on the current situation, and to develop a response plan for any future possibilities. We are carefully reviewing guidelines and recommendations from the Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, the Office for People with Development Disabilities and the State Education Department, as well as other state and federal governmental agencies.

We have already implemented the recommended prevention activities across all of our locations to pre-screen non-agency staff, encourage infection control and cleaning/disinfecting procedures. We have developed resources for our staff to use with the people we support who may be experiencing concerns or anxiety over what they are seeing or hearing about the virus.

We are asking all staff and families to use an abundance of caution and refrain from coming to work or program if they:
– have traveled to any country designated as Level 2 or 3 by the CDC in the last 14 days
– had contact with any Persons Under Investigation (PUIs) for COVID-19 within the last 14 days, OR with anyone with known COVID-19
– have any symptoms of a respiratory infection (e.g., cough, sore throat, fever, or shortness of breath)

We will continue to monitor this situation and will make decisions based on the best and most current public health guidance available, and will keep you informed of any changes that may be implemented.

During this time we ask that you contact our Crisis Management Team if you have any questions rather than asking our program staff. You can email us or call 716-631-5777 ext 380 and a member of the team will get back to you as soon as possible.

Thank you for your patience and consideration as we work through this ongoing situation.

Veronica Federiconi, Chief Executive Officer

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