COVID-19

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.

October 13, 2020

Nonprofit Organization Invests $4M into Early Identification Initiative During COVID

Act Early COVID-19 Response Teams from 43 States and Territories to Receive One-Year Grants In an effort to ensure that children with suspected developmental disabilities don’t fall through the cracks during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, the Association of University Centers on Disabilities has invested over $4M in their Act Early Network to help identify cases […]

September 29, 2020

New Study Reveals COVID-19 Restrictions Greatly Affected Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

Caregiver Survey Reported Losses of Educational and Healthcare Services Researchers from UCLA, Rutgers University and the National Institute of Mental Health recently released a study showing that individuals with developmental disabilities have experienced critical losses of educational and medical therapies since the coronavirus stay-at-home orders began last March.  By using a survey in which 818 […]

September 23, 2020

Register for Autism Research Institute’s Newest Webinar

So much has changed with the COVID-19 pandemic, and its been especially hard on our children, friends, and clients on the spectrum who thrive on routine and predictability. Many have learned to self-regulate through physical outlets that have been limited or may no longer be available.

September 17, 2020

Coronavirus Economic Relief for People with Disabilities Becoming More Unlikely

As reported in June, the HEROES Act which aims to provide economic relief to the disability community was passed out of the House of Representatives. Sadly, as predicted, the related coronavirus relief legislation has stalled in the Senate.

September 09, 2020

Disability Programs in Danger of Closing Due to COVID-19

Data collected in July by the American Network of Community Options and Resources or ANCOR showed that 77% of organizations serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have reported shutting down and discontinuing programs due to COVID-19. Unfortunately, 16% of those programs are never expected to reopen again.

September 09, 2020

Special Needs Caregivers Describe More Negative Effects From Pandemic Versus Non-Caregivers

A new report issued from the National Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Family Support at the University of Pittsburgh found that caregivers of individuals with special needs are more likely to experience health and financial difficulties since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh conducted a survey of caregivers from April 15 to May 27 and found that sixty-three percent faced an increase in responsibilities since stay at home orders began.

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