UWAC Response to COVID-19:

Dear UW Autism Center clients and families,

Caring for individuals and families affected by autism spectrum disorders is a mission that extends to these extraordinary times. Based on public health guidance we have temporarily reduced in-person clinical services and trainings.  The UWAC is not closed, and we will continue to offer remote services and support during this challenging time. Our team will reach out to each individual who is working with us to determine how we can provide the best possible remote service and training. Our center is dedicated to building and growing strong communities, and in that spirit, we are here to offer support and guidance through this time. 

With well wishes,

The UW Autism Center 

COVID-19 Resources:

The following list of resources represents a small fraction of the organizations and online tools available to individuals seeking information about autism spectrum disorders and/or COVID-19. Please use independent judgment and request references when considering the use of services from any professional. We value inclusion of a range of voices. We do not necessarily endorse all of the content on all of these websites, but we have found these resources to be useful.

General 

From the University of Washington

Therapy/ASD-Specific 

Financial 

  • Please check the resources listed under “General” category with many links. 
  • This list of COVID/Autism Grants & Resources compiled by our staff
  • Financial Resources for Washington State Residents affected by COVID-19 The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions has developed a list of financial resources for Washington consumers impacted by the Coronavirus. We will add to this list as more resources become available. (Lots of links and information) 
    https://dfi.wa.gov/coronavirus/financial-resources 
  • Apprisen: Apprisen is a non-profit that provides free or low-cost financial counseling services. They help with anything from budgeting to bankruptcy counseling.  They also have many free online worksheets and budget guides.  
    https://www.apprisen.com/ 
  • ModestNeeds.org: They “provide short-term financial assistance to individuals and families in temporary crisis who, because they are working and live just above the poverty level, are ineligible for most types of conventional social assistance but who (like many of us) are living one or two lost paychecks away from the kind of financial catastrophe that eventually leads to homelessness.”  
    https://www.modestneeds.org/about-us/ 

Healthcare 

Utilities 

  • Please check the resources listed under “General” category with many links. 
  • Internet 
  • Comcast resource for eligible households where families who qualify can get internet service for $9.95 a month. Comcast has now announced that they are giving new customers who qualify for this program 2 months free service. You can find information at: https://www.internetessentials.com/ 
  • Phone 
  • Utilities 
  • Tacoma Energy Assistance Program: EAP pays heating bills directly to utility companies for eligible applicants. Payments are based on eligible household’s fuel usage for the past 12 months and income. https://piercecountywa.gov/1280/Energy-Assistance 
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