Impact of COVID-19 on mental health and well-being of caregivers and families of autistic people

What’s this project about?

Reports have indicated that caregivers and families of autistic people have experienced considerable stress as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

How will we go about doing this project?

We are conducting a rapid synthesis of the literature to help us understand what has been documented regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health well-being of caregivers and families of autistic people, and to identify supportive mental health and well-being programs that have emerged as a result.

What will we do with our research findings?

An initial report was submitted to CIHR in June 2020. We will continue to work on the project with our multidisciplinary team to create and tailor accessible products to communicate our findings to the autism community (i.e., blog posts, podcasts, videos, infographics, etc.).

What is the next step?

Find our report here. Stay tuned for other knowledge mobilization products and study updates!

Please email Dr. Vivian Lee at, if you have any questions.

This project is funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Canadian institutes of Health Research