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Repercussions of the COVID-19 lockdown for autistic people in Mexico: The caregivers’ perspective


Georgina Pérez Liz
Andy Torres
Ana C. Ramírez
Cecilia Montiel Nava
Grupo REAL


Introduction. The COVID-19 lockdown has posed new challenges for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), including service suspension and reductions in support.

Objective. To explore the perspectives of caregivers on the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on people with ASD in Mexico.

Method. 126 caregivers from Mexico completed a survey on the impact of lockdown on people with ASD.

Results. Suspension of at least one service was reported for 38.9% of subjects, with no significant association being found between symptom worsening and service administration modality.

Discussion and conclusion. Service suspension for people with ASD in Mexico has been a side effect of the pandemic, negatively impacting their behavior. Results indicate that certain services could be remotely maintained and provided to individuals with ASD in underserved areas.
COVID-19, autism, pandemic, disability, support services, Mexico


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