A Message to Families: "We are all in this together"

August 20, 2020

Dear Families,

We know that families and individuals on the autism spectrum continue to face many difficulties brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. We recognize that for many families, this health crisis has brought about changes and challenges that have upended routines and made it difficult to access critically needed supports. My colleagues and I have been communicating with federal legislators to advocate for additional supports and accommodations for people with autism spectrum disorder and their families.

In spite of all of the challenges,  we remain committed to continuing our work here at the Center. We continue to conduct studies and provide clinical services with the goal of helping people with autism spectrum disorder live their lives to their fullest potential. We have adapted many of our research studies and our clinical services to a telehealth platform, and we are working with Duke University School of Medicine and Duke Health to plan for fully reopening when it is safe to do so.

We plan to continue our popular events, such “Music 2 the Max,” and, here on our website you will find educational videos and other resources related to coping with the pandemic.  Safety is our primary concern as we adapt the way we are conducting our research and offering clinical services.

I am grateful to all of the families who are currently enrolled in our studies and those who receive our clinical services, for your patience and flexibility as we have developed new procedures during the pandemic. Please stay in touch with us as our situation continues to evolve, and we will be opening more studies in the future. Check our website, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites, where you can access updated information about our events, our research, sign up to receive Connections, our quarterly emailed newsletter, and access a wide range of COVID-19 resources.

I wish you and your family good health and hope, and look forward to continuing to keep in touch. We are all in this together.

Warm regards,

Dr. Geri Dawson