The Coronavirus pandemic has impacted the lives of thousands of autistic individuals and their families in devastating ways.
We, along with other leading UK Autism Charities and Organisations, are calling on the Government to protect autistic people and their families from possible future waves of the pandemic.
The National Autistic Society, Autistica, the Autism Alliance, Ambitious about Autism and Scottish Autism have collectively produced a report which highlights the often disproportionate and devastating impact the mental health, wellbeing and education prospects of hundreds of thousands of autistic people and their families.
The report found that:
- 9 in 10 autistic people worried about their mental health during lockdown; 85% said their anxiety levels got worse
- Autistic people were 7 times more likely to be chronically lonely than the general population*; and 6 times more likely to have low life satisfaction** (comparisons using ONS data)
- 1 in 5 family members responding to the survey had to reduce work due to caring responsibilities
- 7 in 10 parents say their child has had difficulty understanding or completing school work and around half said their child’s academic progress was suffering.
Please visit the link provided to read the report, and find out how you can help protect autistic people and their families from possible future waves of the pandemic: https://www.autism.org.uk/what-we-do/news/coronavirus-report