Message about COVID-19

Dear friends,

The team here at Autism BrainNet wanted to reach out to you, our community, and send our warmest wishes during these trying times. Amid the situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19), we hope that you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy.

We continue to function normally as a repository for postmortem brain donations to advance autism research. We greatly value your support and have included links to a few resources with prevention tips to help navigate what may be a challenging situation for individuals and families living with autism.

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) – has up-to-date information on how to protect yourself and your family from COVID-19 and what to do if you have symptoms
  • Autism Speaks– has a list of resources and information for the autism community, including information on the disruption of school-based services
  • Autism Society of America– has resources and information on decreasing transmission of COVID-19 and preparedness tips for families living with autism
  • Child Mind Institute – has comprehensive resources for parents, including information on how to support and talk to children about the COVID-19 situation, and daily Facebook Live chats with healthcare providers.
  • MIND Institute Facebook Live presentation – provides useful advice on how to deal with anxiety in autism in situations such as the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Autism Science Foundation – has a comprehensive list of resources ranging from managing your child’s education and co-occurring conditions to what to do if a family member with autism is diagnosed with COVID-19.

With best wishes,

David G. Amaral, Ph.D.
Scientific Director of Autism BrainNet

Marta Benedetti, Ph.D.
Managing Director

Lilliam Acosta-Sanchez
Outreach Manager

Carolyn Komich-Hare
Clinical Director

On behalf of the Autism BrainNet Team