The Centre for Addition and Mental Health (CAMH) is conducting a study in collaboration with an international group to track the impact of COVID 19 on the autism community globally using a standardized survey.

The goal is to help better understand how to potentially optimize social support, coping strategies, and healthcare delivery for individuals with developmental disabilities moving forward in the era of COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Knowledge generated from the study will inform the impact of the pandemic on mental health, physical health, supports, coping, along with change of healthcare and service delivery for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Findings of this research will be used to create, adjust and tailor intervention and support efforts both during and following the COVID-19 pandemic.

A longitudinal survey of individuals with developmental disabilities and their family members, using a standardized instrument, CRISIS-AFAR, has been adapted and co-created as part of an international collaboration effort led by the US National Institute of Mental Health and the Child Mind Institute, NY, USA (http://www.crisissurvey.org/crisis-afar/), in order to develop a better understanding of the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic, and to gain insights into their experiences using telehealth or other forms of care during the global pandemic.

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