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The Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is a virus affecting people around the world. What we know about the virus is changing rapidly. New information about COVID-19 is released almost every day.

It can be difficult to keep track of it all. AIDE Canada (Autism and Intellectual Disabilities Knowledge Exchange Network) is here to help. AIDE Canada is a national network that is committed to providing accurate, up-to-date, and useful information and resources to individuals and families impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Intellectual Disabilities (ID) across the lifespan. For more about AIDE Canada, please visit aidecanada.ca.

We have built this COVID-19 site to share up-to-date, trusted information related to COVID-19 with Canadians living with ASD and ID.

COVID-19 has created a stressful and uncertain time for everyone. Individuals living with ASD and ID may be especially vulnerable in times of stress, uncertainty and disruption. Children, youth and young adults with ASD/ID may struggle with things like school closures, abrupt changes in routine, loss of connections with teachers, friends, aides and other support personnel. They may have a range of worries and fears such as risks of contracting the virus or how to manage in these difficult times.

This is why we have added this special COVID-19 section to the broader AIDE Canada website.

On this site you will find a number of resources. They include up-to-date Health Canada information, links to government-funded supports by province/territory, financial tools, and a range of instructional resources. All of the information is specifically tailored to or relevant for people with ASD and/or ID, and their families.

This site provides ideas and resources, including those focused on stress management, technology use, and strategies for moving forward. We have educational tools to assist with understanding the available resources specific to your jurisdiction. We will be hosting a series of contests to promote connection and constructive distraction during this difficult time.

This is your site, so let us know if you have any feedback to share or if there are additional tools or information you need. AIDE Canada, along with so many others in our communities, is here to help.