Lockdown is hell for autistic Saffers and families

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Lockdown is hell for autistic Saffers and families

To ease families’ distress, activists lobby the state to allow autistic people to exercise and walk daily

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SA families are struggling to cope with autistic children who are becoming increasingly agitated during lockdown, with some scaling roofs and electric fences while others are damaging their homes and assaulting relatives.

The emerging crisis prompted eight national organisations, that offer support and community activism for autistic people, to collectively lobby government to ease lockdown restrictions to allow for daily walks and exercise for them and their caregivers.

Under level 4 lockdown people are allowed to exercise, even though no gyms will open and organised exercise is still forbidden...

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