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Scottish Autism Statement on Coronavirus

Commenting on the evolving coronavirus pandemic, Dorry McLaughlin, Chief Executive at Scottish Autism, said:
“As a charity that provides support and services for autistic people and their families in communities throughout
Scotland, we believe it is essential to introduce measures aimed at minimising the spread of the coronavirus

“This includes making hand sanitisers available across all of our services and providing thermometers for all staff
so they can monitor the temperatures of those we support as well as our colleagues should they have any health-
related concerns.

“We have asked staff members to avoid attending public events in large groups to reduce the risk of several
colleagues becoming infected and off their work simultaneously. Following the excellent advice available via NHS
Inform, we are asking any colleagues who have developed a cough or fever in the past seven days to self-isolate
for seven days. We have also reminded all colleagues of the Government health guidelines around coronavirus,
notably about hand-washing and the 111 emergency hotline.

“By introducing these precautionary measures, Scottish Autism aims to continue delivering services and support
across the country as usual. Carefully following NHS and Government advice, we will be keeping colleagues,
those we support and their families updated with new information on the situation as it emerges. “At what is
becoming an increasingly anxious time for many, we will continue to do everything we can to keep our staff, the
people we support and other stakeholders as safe as possible.”

Published: 23rd March 2020

Source: Scottish Autism – 23.03.20 Covid-19 update and new information resources