Do you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine or are concerned about how to prepare for your appointment?
This is a list of resources about the vaccine. It has information in English and French.
There are resources about how to get ready for your appointment and stories from people with intellectual and developmental disabilities about their experience getting the vaccine. It also includes general information about getting vaccinated in Canada.
General content warning for discussion of COVID-19 and needles.
Plain Language Guides to COVID-19 Vaccine
These resources give general information about the vaccine in plain language. Please note that they are not updated regularly, and some of the information in these resources may have changed.
Autistics United Canada members created a guide on how to deal with needle anxiety. We created this guide because many guides on this topic are not neurodiversity-friendly (eg: tell you to ‘just get over it’). It contains tips on helping yourself relax, stim if needed, manage pain, and prepare for your vaccination appointment.
Content warning: there is some discussion about needles in the guide, but no detailed or graphic descriptions.
Autistics for Autistics Ontario is partnering with the Centre for Independent Living Toronto and the City of Toronto toprovide peer support in navigating the vaccine system. If you are an autistic person in Toronto, they have two vaccinated autistic peer navigators who can help you navigate the vaccine access system and prepare for your appointment. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to connect with an autistic peer!
This resource list was created in June 2021 by Autistics United Canada, updated July 2021. If you have any questions or suggestions about this resource, please contact us at info@AutisticsUnitedCA.org.