2020 AUTISM EXPERT SERIES: AN INSIGHT INTO THE EVERYDAY EXPERIENCES OF AUTISTIC PEOPLE AND FAMILIES DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC: CONSIDERATIONS FOR SERVICE PLANNING, PROVISION, RESEARCH AND PRACTICE
Parents & Caregivers
Full fee: S$32.00 per participant
(inclusive of GST)
21 October 2020, 4.00pm to 5.00pm
An insight into the Everyday Experiences of Autistic People and Families during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Considerations for Service Planning, Provision, Research and Practice
Autistic communities all around the world are faced with the huge disruption that has come from COVID-19. Through an in-depth study across Australia by a team of autistic and non-autistic researchers involving more than 130 participants, many valuable insights about how this pandemic has affected autistic people and families with autistic children have been found. While there are many reasons to think that autistic people are particularly at risk, the most striking finding was that most autistic interviewees missed those aspects of social life that the pandemic lockdown measures had taken away. They struggled with the inability to spend time with friends outside the family, or even just to engage in the incidental social contact that made them feel part of their community. They also greatly missed the human contact that typically comes with much service provision and felt that technological innovations like telehealth were an inadequate substitute for face-to-face therapy and support. Many shared the detrimental impact that such disconnection had on their mental health.
In this talk, the findings will be discussed in the context of current, common assumptions about autistic people and what these findings mean for future service provision, research and practice.
Enjoy 10% discount when registering 30 or more attendees.
Closing date: 18 October 2020
This webinar is conducted virtually via Zoom Platform. Successful registered attendee will receive an email confirmation with zoom webinar ID and password nearer to the start date.
Mr Tan Qiu Quan, Ms Lina Kam, Training Coordinator