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People with disabilities, autism carry a heavier pandemic burden, advocates say

disabilities and autism are dying of COVID-19 at higher rates than other people in at least two states in the U.S., according to new data collected by NPR.In Pennsylvania, people with intellectual disabilities and autism are dying at a rate twice as high as other people who contract the virus.

In New York, they’re dying at 2.5 times the rate of others.One in four Canadians — about 25 per cent of the population — has a disability, according to the latest data from Statistics Canada, and experts worry the numbers are similar when it comes to COVID-19 deaths in Canada.“We know that … when you look at the response (to COVID-19) and the (exclusion) of certain populations … people with disabilities is one of those populations,” said Meenu Sikand,.

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