The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting all Americans. SafeMinds specifically recognizes the unique needs and challenges of the autism community during this unprecedented time. Our goal is to lessen the impact of COVID-19 on families by regularly monitoring and sharing resources that may help children and adults with autism cope with the uncertainty of the pandemic.

January 25, 2021

Referrals to Early Childhood Intervention Programs Plumet During COVID

New Hampshire Sees 400 Fewer Children Referred to Early Developmental Services Than Previous Year Services and supports available to infants, toddlers and young children who experience developmental delays is called early intervention. These interventions can include different types of therapy including speech, occupational, physical and behavioral. For children under the age of three, these early […]

January 10, 2021

Nearly Two-Thirds of Parents Report COVID-19 Service Disruptions Worsened ASD Symptoms in Their Children

Over Three-Quarters of Parents Experienced Moderate to Extreme Stress Over Service Interruptions A survey of 3502 parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) conducted by Simons Powering Autism Research for Knowledge (SPARK) has demonstrated that most individuals on the spectrum experienced significant disruptions to their therapies and programs during last spring’s stay-at-home orders. The […]

December 21, 2020

Feds Award Millions to Individuals with Disabilities Affected by COVID for Housing

More than Three Dozen States to Receive Funds for Rental Assistance The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will be awarding over $130 million through two different housing initiatives for people with disabilities. The first HUD effort provides $86.85 million through funding vouchers to public housing agencies for non-elderly individuals with disabilities who […]

December 14, 2020

New 24-Hour COVID Support Line for People with Developmental Disabilities

Free Telehealth Line Delivers Support, Guidance and Referrals Project Connect is a recently launched COVID-19 helpline for individuals with intellectual disabilities and their caregivers. The support line was developed through a special partnership between the Arc of California and the Stony Brook University School of Social Welfare. Staffed by Stony Brook graduate students who are […]

November 30, 2020

British Survey Finds 128,000 Children at Risk for Delayed Autism Diagnosis Due to COVID

Suspected Cases May Be Undiagnosed or Misdiagnosed as Crucial Services Remain Closed Autism Parenting Magazine recently conducted a data analysis which showed that an estimated 128,160 children with suspected autism are running the risk of not receiving a proper diagnosis due to the continuing COVID-19 lockdowns. The report generated from this troubling analysis points to […]

November 08, 2020

Free Webinar on Covid-19 for People with Disabilities

Presentation Will Be Given in Several Accessible Formats The Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation (CIDI) at Georgia Tech has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation to initiate a new project focusing on delivering accessible messages on COVID-19 to people with disabilities, their families, and caregivers! The target audiences for […]

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