The coronavirus outbreak has impacted everyone’s life. But for autistic people and their families, it has left them completely stranded. This report highlights the often devastating impact this has had.
Funded by Pears Foundation and researched in partnership with Mind, this report from the National Autistic Society shows that:
- 9 in 10 autistic people worried about their mental health during lockdown; 85% said their anxiety levels got worse
- Autistic people were 7 times more likely to be chronically lonely than the general population*; and 6 times more likely to have low life satisfaction** (comparisons using ONS data)
- 1 in 5 family members responding to the survey had to reduce work due to caring responsibilities
- 7 in 10 parents say their child has had difficulty understanding or completing school work and around half said their child’s academic progress was suffering.
*37% of autistic people responding to the survey said they ‘often’ or ‘always’ felt lonely. This compares to 5% of the general public when asked the same question (Source: ONS Opinion and Lifestyle Survey, 3 April-3 May (Coronavirus and loneliness analysis 2020)).
**51% of autistic people responding to the survey gave a score of 0-4 when asked how satisfied they were with their life. 0 is not satisfied at all and 10 is completely satisfied. This compares to 8% of the general public giving a score of 0-4 (Source: ONS, Personal and economic well-being in Great Britain: June 2020).