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This page includes events, webinars, and other presentations on COVID-19 that are tailored towards the autism and disability communities.


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  • 2022
  • 2021
    • Autism Speaks
      • COVID-19 Related Events
        October 2020 - May 2021
        Autism Speaks hosted several events on COVID-19 and autism. This page has recordings of these events, which include webinars on COVID-19 vaccines and the needs of the autism community during the pandemic.
    • Simons Foundation/SPARK
      • Webinar: Autistic Adults and COVID-19
        March 24, 2021
        Vanessa Bal, Ph.D, a psychologist from Rutgers University, discusses her recently published findings from a study on how the COVID-19 pandemic affected autistic adults enrolled in SPARK. She also answers questions about the study, as well as general questions about mental health and autism.
  • 2020
    • American Psychological Association (APA)
      • Caring for children and adolescents with autism during COVID-19
        April 3, 2020
        In this video, experts from the APA and Autism Speaks answer questions and provide advice for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents as they continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Panelists included Arianna Esposito, B.C.B.A., M.B.A., Director, Lifespan Services and Support, Autism Speaks; Sigan Hartley, Ph.D., Human Development and Family Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Russ Shilling, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, American Psychological Association.
    • Autism Society
      • Facebook Live: Coronavirus Information Series
        March - October 2020
        In 2020 the Autism Society launched a Facebook Live series to provide COVID-19 information for the autism community. The series included experts who discussed specific topics such as mental health, federal emergency funding, and continuing education at home. Autism Society also partnered with myHana, an organization providing educational programming support for caretakers, to co-host a second Facebook Live series. Additional videos can be found on Autism Society’s Facebook page.
    • Simons Foundation/SPARK
      • Webinar: Advocating for Your Child During the COVID-19 Pandemic
        August 19, 2020
        Gary Mayerson, J.D., discusses his new book, Autism’s Declaration of Independence, Navigating Autism in the Age of Uncertainty, and shares information and tips on how to get the most out of remote learning. He also shares information about how to shape your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP).
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