The COVID-19 pandemic and the responses to it, including lockdowns, have affected different people in different ways. Many of those effects will be shared by both autistic people and people who are not autistic. However, autistic people may experience the same changes in distinct, often more pronounced ways.
PIRU was asked by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to look at the impacts of COVID-19 on autistic people of all ages and to identify ways to manage or mitigate any adverse consequences of COVID-19 on this group and their families. The study was conducted by Sarah Pais and Martin Knapp, members of PIRU based in the Care Policy and Evaluation Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
For further information, contact Martin Knapp