For a world and detailed U.S. reports, please click on the picture.

Here is the link to an infographic created by Dr Ru Ying Cai of Aspect (Australia) on the basis of the Australian data.

Here is a link to an infographic created by Dr Jo Van Herwegen and Ms Hyelin Kye (both UCL) on the basis of the UK data.


Dukes, D., Van Herwegen, J., Alessandri, M., Alnemary, F. A., Amani Rad, J, Banta Lavenex, P., … Samson, A. C. (2021, February 16). Introducing the COVID-19 crisis Special Education Needs Coping Survey.

Sideropoulos, V., Dukes, D., Hanley, M., Palinkara, O., Rhodes, S. Riby D., Samson, A. C., & Van Herwegen, J. (2021, February 3). The impact of COVID-19 on anxiety and wellbeing for families of individuals with Special Education Needs and Disabilities in the UK.

Di Poi, G., Dukes, D., Tran, M., Meuleman, B., & Samson, A. C. (2021). Comment les familles d’enfants avec besoins éducatifs particuliers ont vécu la crise de la COVID-19 : Observations préliminaires pour la Suisse. [How families with children with special educational needs experienced the Covid-19 crisis: preliminary observations for Switzerland]. Revue suisse de pédagogie spécialisée.

Samson, A. C., Di Poi, G., Tran, M., & Dukes, D. (2021). Die Auswirkungen der COVID-19 Pandemie in der Schweiz: Erste Beobachtungen bei Familien mit Kindern sonderpädagogischem Förderbedarf [The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in Switzerland: First observations in families with children with special educational needs]. Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Heilpädagogik.

Dukes, D., & Samson, A. C. (2021). COVID-19 : Donnons la parole aux parents d’enfants avec des besoins éducatifs particuliers [COVID-19: giving voice to the parents of children with special educational needs]. Pages romandes : Revue sur la pédagogie spécialisée les déficiences intellectuelles et développementales.

Van Herwegen, J., Dukes, D., & Samson, A. (2020). COVID19 Crisis Response Survey for families of Individuals with Special Needs [Data set]. OSFHOME. Retrieved May 27, 2020, from

Van Herwegen, J., … Samson, A., & Dukes, D. (2020). Written evidence submitted to the UK government on the impact of COVID-19 on education and children’s services: The impact on families of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in the UK. Retrieved July 23, 2020.

Conference contributions

RY Cai., Dukes, D., Van Herwegen, J., Uljarević, M., & Samson, A. C. (2020, December 10–11). Australian families of children with neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic: An investigation of parent and child COVID-19 anxiety levels and child preference for sameness [Oral presentation]. Australasian Society for Autism in Research, Wellington, New Zealand.

Samson, A. C., & Dukes, D. (2020, December 1). How did families with special education needs deal with the COVID-19 pandemic: The situation in Switzerland [Oral presentation] (First meeting of event on overview of studies about Covid-19 in education in Switzerland). EPFL and the Swiss Government (online meeting).

Samson, A. C. (2020, November 28). The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on individuals with special educational needs [Invited Keynote]. The 9th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of Developmental Neuroscience (JSDN) (online meeting). Link to video

Lenka Hrnčírová, (2020, September 17). A psychology day took place in Olomouc, Czech Republic. We presented a poster with the main information about the research project - its aims, participating countries, initial results and recommended procedures according to the short report prepared by Jo Van Herwegen with a team of authors. The abstract is available at the conference website (link) and the poster is available below.

Samson, A. C. (2020, July 17). “The impact of COVID-19 on children and young people across the globe” [Invited talk]. The European Conference on Education & The European Conference on Language Learning, ECE/ECLL2020, IAFOR Conference, ICCE London, London, England (online conference).

Newspaper contributions

Dattaro, L. (2020, April 30). Autism researchers adapt studies for a socially distant world. Spectrum.

Fasal, M. (2020, May 26). COVID-19: Familien mit besonderen Bedürfnissen am Anschlag? [COVID-19: Families with special needs on the attack?] Alma & Georges.

Samson, A. C. (2020, September). Wie geht es Familien von Kindern mit besonderen Bedürfnissenwährend der COVID-19 Pandemie? Eine internationale Studie [How are families of children with special needs doing during the COVID-19 pandemic? An international study]. Wissenschaftlichen Gesellschaft Autismus-Spektrum, 16, 10–14.