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Letter: The pandemic poses extra challenges for special needs families

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A mask covered in puzzle pieces, a symbol commonly associated with autism, is pictured at a rally outside the Ogden Municipal Building in Ogden on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020.

Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

With everything that’s happening these days with COVID-19, people forget that this virus is affecting different people in different ways. I have a 12-year-old brother who is autistic, and my family and I struggle to explain to him why he needs to make changes in his daily life, like wearing a mask. He doesn’t fully understand why there isn’t a cure and why he couldn’t go to school for a while.

For him, a stable schedule is important, and when that schedule is disrupted it can be challenging. All of his routines have been disrupted, and we have seen his behavior worsen during this difficult time.

As the virus tears through our country, until we start getting the vaccine, the more we wear masks and the more we follow the guidelines, we can hopefully return to some sense of normalcy — which is much needed, especially for those people with special needs.

Annabelle Steele

Salt Lake City