All Autism Society of NC offices and programs are closed to comply with state directives regarding COVID-19. See our COVID-19 page for updates and resources. To reach staff, who are working remotely, please email or call 800-442-2762.

COVID-19

COVID-19

 

This page provides information and resources for you and your family about the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). We are continuously tracking information from local, state, and national public health authorities and creating new resources to support you and your family.

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Current Status – All ASNC offices and programs remain closed to comply with local and state directives regarding COVID-19. Employees are working remotely and can be reached via phone and email during normal business hours. For more information, or to reach staff, please call 800-442-2762.

Events – Please check our calendar frequently. We are offering online webinars, chapter meetings, and more to support your family during this time.

Stay Connected with Us


What’s New

We continue to add new webinars, social narratives, and other tools to the the resource list below. These are a few of the latest offerings:

Autism-Specific Resources

Webinars

Setting the stage for success:

Engaging and instructing your child:

Addressing challenging behavior:

Social narratives

Blogs and Toolkits

General Helplines

  • NC Coronavirus Helpline provides education about the virus and guidance on what to do if coronavirus is suspected (open 24 hours, seven days a week): 866-462-3821 or text VIRUS to 336-379-5775
  • COVID-19 Triage Plus Helpline answers COVID-19 questions and helps find necessary care regardless of insurance coverage or lack of coverage (open 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., seven days a week): 877-490-6642
  • Hope4NC Helpline 24/7 connects callers to mental health and resilience supports: 855-587-3463
  • Hope4Healers Helpline for care professionals 24/7: 919-226-2002

Tips to Protect You and Your Family

  • Practice the 3 Ws (Wear a cloth face covering, Wait 6 feet apart, Wash your hands often & use hand sanitizer)
  • When you wash your hands, do so for at least 20 seconds in hot, soapy water. Handwashing Steps from the CDC
  • Practice social distancing. While out, maintain at least 6 feet between yourself and others
  • Cover your mouth (not with your hands) when coughing or sneezing to prevent the spread of germs
  • If you or your child is not feeling well, stay home
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Regularly clean surfaces that are frequently touched
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Education Update and Resources

Food, Housing, and Employment Assistance

  • Social services: Dial 211 for information about and referrals to social services such as food, clothing, shelters, housing, utility assistance, mental health and health resources, employment supports, family support, and more
  • Meals for children: Families who need help finding meals for their children ages 18 and younger can text FOODNC to 877-877 to locate nearby free meal sites. The texting service is also available in Spanish by texting COMIDA to 877-877.
  • No Kid Hungry NC list of food distribution sites during school closures
  • Find your local food bank
  • Unemployment Insurance information and FAQs
  • WellCare: Coronavirus Resource Guide
  • Internet map to find free or low-cost internet service for students
  • Healthy Helping provides $40 per month for fruits and vegetables at North Carolina Food Lion stores for current SNAP recipients impacted by COVID-19. 

Mental Health Supports

The Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7/365 crisis counseling and support for anyone experiencing distress or other behavioral health concerns related to any natural or human-caused disaster, including public health emergencies. Calls to 1-800-985-5990 and texts of “TalkWithUs” to 66746 are answered by a network of independently operated crisis centers, which provide psychological first aid, emotional support, crisis assessment and intervention, and referrals to local/state behavioral health services for follow-up care and support.

Medical Forms and Insurance Information

Recommended Sources of Information

  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC) COVID-19 page for facts about the virus, tips on prevention and treatment, and other information
  • NC COVID-19 page for North Carolina-specific information on the disease, executive orders, resources, unemployment, child care, help for small businesses, and more
  • Check My Symptoms,apublic website that allows people to enter their symptoms and determine whether they should get tested for COVID-19
  • Find My Testing Place, a public website that allows people to input their county or ZIP code and access a list of nearby testing site locations
  • CDC’s Share Facts page for a quick summary of facts and myths