Characteristics of adults with autism spectrum disorder who use adult developmental disability services: Results from 25 US states

Amy S. Hewitt, Roger J. Stancliffe, Annie Johnson Sirek, Jennifer Hall-Lande, Sarah Taub, Joshua Engler, Julie Bershadsky, Jon Fortune, Charles R. Moseley

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Abstract

There is a significant increase in the prevalence of autism and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in children with estimates now reaching 1 in 110 children in the United States. Families report difficulties in finding services for their young and adult children. Many adults with ASD receive services and supports through state intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) adult service systems. This study presents descriptive data on a random sample of 12,382 individual users of adult IDD services from 25 states that included 1002 individuals with an autism diagnosis (8.1%). Data are provided on demographic characteristics, diagnoses, communication and relationship status for adults with autism/ASD and a comparison of these findings for IDD service users who have other diagnoses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)741-751
Number of pages11
JournalResearch in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Volume6
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2012

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Preparation of this paper was supported by Grant #H133G080029 from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research , U.S. Department of Education (Federal funds for this three year project total $599,998 (99.5% of the total program costs, with 0% funded by non-governmental sources)).

Copyright:
Copyright 2012 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Intellectual disabilities

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