COVID-19 related events

Below are a few upcoming virtual events related to COVID-19 (coronavirus) and autism.

Ongoing schedule changes and uncertainty due to the spread of the Coronavirus can present special challenges. Tune in to hear ideas for providing compassionate support to individuals on the autism spectrum who are experiencing disruptions and anxiety related to the virus and its impact.

Virtual Events

Autism and COVID Vaccines

Join Autism Speaks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Autism Society of America and the Autism Science Foundation for an informational webinar about COVID vaccinations for people with autism. Panelists will offer information about the impact of COVID on the autism community, why vaccines are important for protecting autistic people and where to find information about your state’s rollout plan. Attendees will also have the opportunity to submit questions to the moderator.

Jan. 27, 2021 | 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET

A Closer Look: Face Masks and People with Disabilities

In order to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and many state and local governments recommend wearing a face mask or face covering in public places and around people who do not live in the same household, in addition to other prevention measures such as handwashing and social distancing. Some disabilities make it difficult or impossible to wear a face mask and some individuals with mobility/movement disorders have difficulty putting on, adjusting, and/or removing a face mask without assistance. This webinar outlines CDC’s face mask guidelines and explores solutions to challenges some people with disabilities experience in attempting to follow the guidance. Participants will receive tips, resources, and guidance for wearing face masks to protect themselves from COVID-19.

December 9, 2020 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

Home All Day: Exercise During COVID-19

School closures, suspended recreational activities, and limited therapies due to the COVID-19 pandemic have left many families with few choices for physical activities. Tune in to learn how the need for movement and sensory integration doesn’t stop, and tips for exercises that may help fill the gap.

15 minute hiking workout | Autism Speaks + Pop Fit Kids

15 minute "swimming" workout | Autism Speaks + Pop Fit Kids

Webinar on Accessing Special Education Services during COVID-19

Accessing a free and appropriate public education for students of all ages with autism can be a challenge in and of itself. During a pandemic, it has become an even more confusing, difficult experience. During these two, identical webinars, our Advocacy and Supports & Services teams walk through some of the most frequently asked questions that we have received during COVID-19.

October 22, 2020 at 12 noon - 1 p.m. -  A copy of the webinar presentation is linked.

State COVID-19 Advocacy Update Webinars

Now more than ever, state and federal advocacy efforts are critical to the autism community. Join us to learn about recent developments in your state and Washington D.C. as well as get information about critical resources available to you.

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