COVID-19 and Autism: Impact on Needs, Health and Healthcare Costs

Autism Speaks: A special report on how COVID has impacted people with autism.

As we find in the following analyses, the basic needs, health and economic impacts of COVID-19 on people with an autism diagnosis are substantial, in some case more so than many other health conditions currently prioritized in public health policy. In particular, addressing food insecurity and accessibility of vaccines and vaccine information will be critical to supporting autistic people, who are bearing a substantial toll in terms of loss of life, health and costs of care. As we learn more about the health impacts of COVID-19 specifically for people with autism, both with and without other disabilities, we urge support for policies that protect this vulnerable population.

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