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Parenting for a child with autism during pandemic: Video

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The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our lives in 2020, but it’s been particularly challenging for families with individuals who have developmental disabilities.

“Families with children with autism — especially those in low-income settings around the globe—have faced greater struggles.” said Dr. Lauren Franz, assistant professor of psychiatry and global health at Duke, and a faculty member at the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development.

“Even before the pandemic struck, children impacted by disparities were often among the most marginalized in society, facing an increased risk of discrimination in addition to limited access to existing services and supports,” said Franz.

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