CASDA knows these are challenging times for our community. As part of our rapid response in March 2020, we curated resources, including ways of dealing with isolation, stress, anxiety that others have created or have found helpful. We continue to update this page as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves.

[Last updated: April 23, 2021]


We are collecting resources available online to support Autistic people and their families in navigating the COVID-19 crisis. This list is not comprehensive and it has not been systematically reviewed.

If you think a resource is missing, send us the URL link at with a short 1-2 sentence description of the resource.


Vaccine FAQs

Click here for our COVID-19 vaccines infographic.

Which vaccines are currently approved in Canada?

Can I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?

  • No. You cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine. The vaccine does not contain the virus, but rather it contains the instructions to recognize and protect you from the virus if you get exposed to it.

Weren’t the vaccines developed too quickly?

  • No. The COVID-19 vaccines have gone through large clinical trials involving tens of thousands of people of various ages, races and ethnicities. Researchers have been studying coronaviruses for years, so they did not start from scratch.

After I get the vaccine, do I still have to wear a mask and social distance?

  • Yes. While a vaccine will prevent you from getting sick yourself, experts don’t yet know whether getting a COVID-19 vaccine will prevent you from spreading the virus to other people. It is important that everyone still continue to follow public health guidelines.

If I’ve had COVID-19, do I still need to get the vaccine?

  • Yes. Scientists don’t yet know how long someone is protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. It is possible to become infected again, and getting a COVID-19 vaccine is a safer choice. To learn more, click here.

When will I be eligible for the vaccine?

  • The federal government initially determined the following priority high risk groups to get the vaccine:
    • residents and staff of long term care homes for seniors
    • adults 70 years of age and older
    • health care workers who have direct contact with patients
    • adults in Indigenous communities
  • Each province/territory has developed their own plan for rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine to its residents. Eligibility criteria is frequently updated as more vaccine supply becomes available.
  • Ready For My Shot has developed a handy Status Map of vaccine priority for people with developmental disabilities. Additionally, see our table below for more detail on when some Autistic people may be eligible in each province.

    ProvinceCurrent phaseFirst major phase that includes autistics and other persons with disabilitiesDetails
    British ColumbiaPhase 2Phase 2 (Feb-Mar 2021)
    Phase 3 (Apr-Jun 2021)
    Phase 2: congregate settings
    Phase 3: adults with very significant developmental disabilities that increase risk
    AlbertaPhase 1Phase 2B (Apr-Jun 2021)Phase 2B: Albertans age 16 or older with underlying
    health conditions (Source)
    SaskatchewanPhase 1Phase 2 (April 2021)Phase 2: people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
    ManitobaPhase 1Currently eligiblePriority list 1: people receiving home care ≥ 4 times/week OR receive 24/7 support from Community Living Disability Services
    Priority list 2: people with neurodevelopmental conditions
    OntarioPhase 1Phase 2 (April-July 2021 depending on vaccine availability)Phase 2: people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
    People who live and work in high-risk congregate settings, including caregivers in developmental services
    QuebecPhase 6le 28 avril 2021Les personnes avec une déficience physique (motrice, langage, visuelle, auditive), une déficience intellectuelle ou un trouble du spectre de l’autisme.
    Une personne qui accompagne la personne ayant une déficience physique, une déficience intellectuelle ou un trouble du spectre de l’autisme lors de sa vaccination pourrait se faire vacciner en même temps (Source)
    New BrunswickPhase 1Phase 2 (April 2021)Phase 1: individuals with certain complex medical conditions
    Phase 2: individuals 40-59 with 3 or more chronic medical conditions (includes developmental disorder)
    Nova ScotiaPhase 2Phase 3 (June 2021)Phase 3: all Nova Scotians expected to have first dose by June 2021
    Prince Edward IslandPhase 1Phase 1 & 2Phase 1: group homes
    Phase 2: adults with very significant developmental disabilities, followed by all remaining adults over the age of 18
    Newfoundland & LabradorPhase 1Phase 2 & 3 (April-July 2021)Phase 2: adults with very significant developmental disabilities who cannot perform most activities of daily living
    Phase 3: general public
    Yukon-Currently eligibleCurrently eligible: anyone 18+ in Whitehorse, capacity based on vaccine availability
    Northwest Territories-Currently eligibleCurrently eligible: residents aged 18+ living with disabilities (intellectual or physical) and their caregivers
    Nunavut-Currently eligibleCurrently eligible: all Nunavut residents
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Tips and Guides

        • Click here to see the Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism’s Disability and Inclusion Strategies During COVID-19 webinar from April 10th, with tips and discussions on staying connected and informed, anxiety, domestic violence, self-care, dealing with school closures, stress, allergies and environmental factors when disinfecting, resources available to individuals on the Spectrum and families, and fears on regression (video and transcript).
        • Click here if you are in need of a tablet for support in continuing education, accessing resources and specialized services, regulating mental health and/or building virtual communities.

For Autistic adults:

        • Click here for facts about coronavirus in Canada and here for facts about coronavirus around the world (webpage text).
        • Click here for myth-busters about coronavirus (webpage text).
        • Click here for COVID-19 Information By and For People with Disabilities and to know what to do (plain language by Green Mountain Self-Advocates).
        • Click here for some autism-friendly advice and resources during the pandemic (article written by Adult Autistic and Medical Communities).
        • Click here for a guide that explains COVID-19, staying home, and staying connected (plain language by Autistics 4 Autistics).
        • Click here for a full list of resources for COVID-19 (Autistics United Canada): “Our Great Big List of COVID-19 Resources for Autistic People”

For families and caregivers:

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Learning About and Explaining COVID-19

For Autistic adults:

        • Click here for everything you need to know about coronavirus (plain language by Surrey Place).
        • Click here to watch a short video about COVID-19 and what to do to protect yourself (video with subtitles and transcript).
        • Click here to learn about coronavirus (social story by Dr. Timmins).
        • Click here for My Disability Q., a Twitter Q&A hub developed by CanChild, the Kids Brain Health Network, and the CHILD-BRIGHT Network, a new Twitter Q&A hub. Youth and their family members are invited to ask questions relating to disabilities and the ongoing COVID-19 situation and get credible answers from some of Canada’s leading disability experts working in a wide range of fields including health, research, science, policy, leisure, and wellbeing.

For families and caregivers:

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Being Prepared and Doing Safe Practices

        • Click here to see “Beating the Virus” by Lucy Bergonzi, a free wordless e-book that explains what to do if you have coronavirus and how to keep yourself and others safe as well as other free e-books on how to deal with COVID-19 (pictures).

For Autistic adults:

        • Click here for a visual guide on how to wash your hands to reduce the spread of COVID-19 (pictures).
        • Click here for straightforward instructions on how to clean your house for coronavirus (article).
        • Click here to watch a video on how to safely grocery shop during the pandemic.
        • Click here to watch a video on what a virtual doctor’s visit would look like.
        • Click here to see an info-graph on social distancing (pictures and words).
        • Click here for a post by an individual on the Spectrum reflecting on social distancing (written article).

For families and caregivers:

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Dealing with Anxiety and Uncertainty

For Autistic adults:

        • Click here to read about how you can cope with the uncertainty of COVID-19 (article by Autistica).
        • Click here for a FAQ and guide related to COVID-19 and managing stress and paying attention to mental health. (webpage text and symbols).
        • Click here to learn about Molehill Mountain, an app designed to help Autistic individuals understand and self manage anxiety.

For families and caregivers:

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Taking Care of Your Mental Health

        • Click here to read stories from other Autistic people and families around the world on how they were affected by COVID-19, or share your story.
        • Click here for tips by the World Health Organization on how to cope with stress about COVID-19 (pictures and words).
        • Click here to read a blog post from an Autistic person in quarantine, with tips on mental health (article).
        • Click here for an Autistic’s guide for things to do during social isolation/distancing (article)
        • Click here to join CAMH’s free online physical activity sessions every Friday for people with developmental disabilities, designed to help manage stress and anxiety (via Eventbrite).
        • Click here for a community creativity activity for filmmakers from Spectrum Productions.
        • Click here to see 3 recommended steps by Dr. Jonathan Weiss and Paula Tablon Modica for families to cope during COVID-19 as well as to access the rest of their COVID-19 series on resources from Autistic adults, service providers, and advocacy organizations.

For Autistic adults:

          • Click here to see a Twitter post for joining a virtual Coffee and Conversation social group for Autistic adults (organized by CAMH).

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More Resources

        • Check out ACT’s growing list of resources on COVID-19, dealing with anxiety, and what BC agencies are doing to support the autism community in these uncertain times.
        • Check out HCARDD’s growing list of resources on COVID19 with tips for managing stress, things to do, and online events for parents, siblings, and people with a developmental disability.
        • Check out the Growing Space’s resources on COVID-19 developed to protect people with disabilities and their families, including resources for support workers on continuing services.
        • Check out Autism Ontario’s list of resources to help get through COVID-19.
        • Check out MacMaster University Autism Research Team’s list of resources and guides from local and international sources.
        • Check out Autism Speaks Canada’s Information and Resources guide.
        • Check out the National Autistic Society’s resources that include things to do, such as building a visual schedule, mindfulness and exercise videos, virtual tours, and other things to do geared towards Autistic individuals and their families.
        • If you are a caregiver or health care worker with people with disabilities, including autism, check out this list of resources by the College of Family Physicians of Canada. It includes resources for safe practices in group homes and co-living settings.

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Ressources en Français pour COVID-19 et TSA

        • Cliquez ici pour lire la boîte à outils COVID-19 de la Fédération Québécoise de l’Autisme
        • Cliquez ici pour des ressources globales et accessibles sur le coronavirus créées pour ceux qui ont des troubles envahissants du développement (TED).
        • Cliquez ici pour accéder au Défi Collectif par Productions Spectrum, pour voir les défis de la semaine et partager les vôtres (activités de communauté amusantes).
        • Cliquez ici pour voir la liste de ressources HCARDD sur le COVID–19 avec des astuces au sujet de comment gérer le stress, choses à faire, événements en ligne pour les parents, frères et soeurs, et personnes avec un trouble ou handicap. Cette page inclut des documents en images et textes simples qui expliquent le coronavirus et les mesures de sécurité dont la distance sociale et quoi faire si vous devenez malade.

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