The Disability Royal Commission has heard about the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns on Autistic people, as well as the barriers to vaccination and low vaccination rates among people with disability.
It has heard from:
In 2021, the Disability Royal Commission found that the Australian government’s response to the pandemic and vaccine rollout had failed people with disability, including autism. It recommended that the Australian government consult with and improve protections and supports for people with disability during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak and in any future emergency situations. For more information, please see Public Hearing Report 5 .
It also made recommendations to the Australian Government to ensure all people with disability, particularly NDIS participants, people living in residential disability accommodation and people with intellectual disability have the opportunity to be fully vaccinated. For more information, please see Public Hearing Report 12.
We will update this page when the Disability Royal Commission makes recommendations to improve the experience of Autistic people during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and to improve vaccination access.