Autism Speaks’ position on mask-wearing within the autism community

July 28, 2020
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For some people on the autism spectrum, wearing a mask is not possible.

Though mask-wearing is a recommendation, and in many areas a requirement, to slow the spread of COVID-19, it’s important to recognize the specific needs and challenges of members of the autism community who may be impacted by significant sensory sensitivities.

We encourage anyone who can wear a mask to do so to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. As an organization dedicated to advocating for people with autism, we urge anyone who is able to follow this important public health guideline to do so, in order to help protect those members of our community who cannot.

For tips to navigate this new reality, please reference this article.
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