Autistics United Canada and Autistics for Autistics Ontario have put together a list of COVID-19 resources for autistic people, which we will continue to update!
Disclaimer: We have compiled this list based on the utility of the resources, and do not necessarily endorse any particular group or organization we have shared from. Similarly, any group or organization sharing our own resource list does not mean we endorse or have collaborated with them.
Download our full resource list (version 3):
Part 1 is resources specifically for autistic people. It includes:
Please note that since our groups are based in “Canada” on Turtle Island, we are using resources from governments within Canada. Some information, such as physical distancing / shelter-in-place guidelines, may be different in regions outside of Canada.
PART 1: Resources for Autistic People
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Resources
Here are resources to help you understand what others are talking about and communicate your concerns to others using AAC.
Because of physical distancing, AAC users may be left without family members or other support people in a hospital. Be prepared: know what to expect at a hospital and your communication rights ahead of time.
● Patient-Provider Communication (English)
● Patient-Provider Communication (Bilingual - Arabic, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish)
● Another CoughDrop communication board for COVID-19
● Printable communication board for COVID-19 (TechOWL)
● COVID-19 Communication Rights Toolkit (Communication First - English, Spanish, and Chinese)
● Using AAC in hospitals during the coronavirus
● Patient Easy-Read Symbol Sheets
● Phrase-based communication aid to talk to doctors (SpeakProse)
● Example communication page to handle invasive people (Mel Baggs)
Autism COVID-19 Individual Health Action Plandifferent for each province/territory. Visit your province/territory’s COVID-19 info website or contact a local health care provider to find out if you can be tested.
Coping with the Changes – Guides
● With pictures - PDF
Coping with the Changes - Articles
Online Hangouts for Neurodivergent People!
● Find accessibility information and call-in details at our Facebook event
Other Online Meetups!
Other Things to Do When Staying Home / Sheltering in Place
For Parents & Caregivers
Click here for PART 2: General COVID-19 Information
We will continue to update this resource list. Please let us know by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any resources to suggest, especially ones for neurodivergent & disabled people!