Vaccine and Healthcare Accessibility and Education Resources

People with Autism and other developmental disabilities and their families are disproportionately impacted by the ongoing public health and economic emergency caused by COVID-19. The Autism Society of Greater New Orleans believes that increasing vaccine confidence is a crucial step towards improving the lives of people with Autism, their families and communities as we all work towards ending the pandemic. Through participation in the Autism Society of America’s Vaccine Education Initiative (VEI), the Autism Society of Greater New Orleans is committed to increasing vaccine education, confidence, and access through grassroots efforts.  Some of our activities include:

  • Disseminating physical and digital toolkits and resources
  • Organizing and Hosting inclusive vaccine clinics
  • Hosting online educational opportunities about the COVID-19 Vaccines and Autism.
  • Engaging in storytelling and data-gathering to highlight lived experiences and reinforce key messages for those within the Autism community
  • Partnering with trusted community leaders to promote vaccine safety & confidence
  • Increasing accessibility to vaccines through our Information & Referral Program

Vaccine Facts & Resources

The Autism Society knows that there is an overwhelming number of resources for information regarding COVID-19, though not all pertain to the specific needs of our community. Below are handpicked resources to assist the Autism community with information for healthcare professionals, parents, and caregivers.

  • Unvaccinated people are 10 times more likely to test positive for COVID-19, 17 times more likely to be hospitalized, and 20 times more likely to die.
  • Adults with Autism, intellectual disabilities, and/or with mental health diagnoses, have an increased risk for experiencing more severe COVID-19 disease symptoms.
  • People with intellectual disabilities (ID) already die 16-20 years earlier than the general population due to preventable illness; People with ID are almost six times more likely to die from COVID-19.
  • The CDC recommends that everyone age 12 and older get a COVID-19 booster dose.

Online educational content.

Autism and Vaccines Podcast with Dr. Elizabeth Margolis.

Webinar with Louisiana Department of Health:  Autism and COVID-19 Vaccines:  Answering the Big Questions, Increasing Accessibility

Accessibility Resources for individuals and providers.

Social Stories and Infographics:

Plain Language Resources:

Additional Resources: