We are hoping you all are keeping safe, as much as possible during these difficult and challenging times. COVID-19 is creating interruptions to our daily lives and dangerous conditions for many of our community members. Neurodivergent people are facing even more barriers than usual to our financial, mental, and physical safety and well-being.
However, as many Autistics can attest to, physical distance does not necessarily mean we can’t care for and support one another. We’re making space and connections for neurodivergent people, while advocating for protections of our collective rights and justice for those disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
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Autistics United is holding twice-a-week online hangouts for neurodivergent people!
Mutual aid means directly helping each other. This includes doing errands and physical labour, giving food and supplies, providing emotional support, sharing and translating resources and information, and other ways to care for one another.
We are connecting autistic people and allies to support networks.
If you are struggling or want to offer help, please reach out to us via social media or email. We have a Facebook group for autistic people and allies, and can share confidential requests on behalf of those without Facebook.
If you have any useful resources to share, please send them to us!
Currently, our advocacy team is joining the call to demand provincial and federal governments to protect the rights and safety of disabled people during the pandemic. Please stay tuned for further updates.
We have identified six (6) major areas of concern:
1) Financial aid 2) Housing security 3) Access to health care 4) Access to food and necessities 5) Safety and freedom from abuse 6) Communication access