The McMaster Autism Research Team (MacART) is pleased to announce the release of results from the Pandemic Canadian Autism Needs Assessment. We were proud to partner with Autism Speaks Canada and the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorder Alliance (CASDA) to develop, implement, and analyze the Pandemic Canadian Autism Needs Assessment – a survey where respondents shared their experiences to help inform on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This was the first survey of the COVID-19 pandemic capturing the unique impact on the autism community in Canada. With over 1000 respondents taking part (21% on the spectrum), some key results show that:
Over 75% of respondents reported feeling stressed, worried, and anxious
Over 50% of respondents said maintaining personal routines/children’s routines as well as keeping a healthy lifestyle (including sleep and exercise) were difficult
Respondents identified services and supports that they needed but were not receiving such as, recreational programing, financial supports, and access to health professionals.
We are grateful to participants for their input during these unprecedented times, and to our partners for this collaboration. The information shared by respondents will be used to inform organizations of what services and supports are most needed and helpful for autistic people and families during this time and to inform government of the need for increased supports for the autism community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and future emergency situations.
To access the report results, please visit https://www.autismspeaks.ca/pandemicsurvey/