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Wendy Klag Center for Autism & Developmental Disabilities

Autism-Related Coronavirus Resources

Organizations that have compiled information

Johns Hopkins Medicine on "How to Talk to Your Kids about Coronavirus." While we’re trying to protect our physical bodies from the virus, we cannot overlook the impact this is having on our family’s mental health. 

Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) - The information includes general information about the coronavirus, resources for people with autism and other disabilities, guidance on how to manage stress and anxiety related to COVID-19, and links to IACC member federal department and agency information.

Autism Science Foundation - Includes webinars on resiliency, autistic employment during COVID-19, telehealth tutorial for families affected by autism, and more.

Autism Speaks - Offers information for families, adults on the autism spectrum, and educators/health professionals. Information includes articles, webinars, teaching stories, blog posts, caregiver stress resources, parent training and support modules, tips to cope with disrupted routines, and information for school personnel and health workers.

Autism Society - Offers "toolkits" on mental health and respite; modifying routines; lifestyle supports; education; public policy; plus a link to a Facebook Live coronavirus information series. Also has a link to Autism Society's national helpline and local affiliates.

Organization for Autism Research - Offers links to general information on coronavirus, toolkits on coping, social stories, resource links, home activities, and sites for financial advice related to the coronavirus outbreak.

Pathfinders for Autism - This Maryland-based nonprofit organization has a coronavirus resource page with links to both Maryland-specific education information, as well as a wealth of articles and activities. Additionally, it has a section of links to social stories related to coronavirus, as well as a section of virtual field trips.

Additionally, the SPARK research registry (Simons Powering Autism Research) surveyed 8,000 families in late March 2020 about their experience dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak.  The results show both families' challenges and their resilience. Find the results at this link.