People with autism are one group that requires special care during the COVID-19 pandemic. The disruption of daily routines brought about by the pandemic might elicit major emotional and behavioral upheaval for this vulnerable group, this is compounded by the fact that most schools and institutions offering specialized educational programs and care for people with autism have closed.
To help mitigate these negative effects, IHAO organized a training session by Dr. Maryam Kuhla. The session targeted caregivers, social workers and volunteers who work in public campaigns to raise awareness about Autism. Dr. Maryam focused on the impact of the pandemic on the Individuals with autism and the difficulties in receiving needed therapies, practicing physical distancing and adjusting to disrupted daily routines, such as the need to wear a mask or sanitizing their hands.