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The Effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Qatar

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This study was carried out by WISH in partnership with Qatar Biomedical Research Institute and the Negdr program, under Qatari Autism Society

Measures taken by most countries to control and limit the spread of the highly infectious SARS-CoV-2 virus, including the closure of schools and centers providing treatment, rehabilitation, and educational services for ASD patients and training services for ASD providers, has a negative impact on individuals with ASD and their families. The restrictions also have negative impacts on ongoing research and studies on ASD. Nonetheless, efforts are being made by most service providers in finding alternative ways to compensate, even partially, for these restrictions in order to alleviate the great burden on families of individuals with ASD.