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Calls to Action

State Priorities

Increase access to appropriate intervention, services, and resources immediately following diagnosis by

Maintaining coverage for autism treatments for children covered by insurance and Medicaid.

Addressing gaps in coverage that inhibit access to healthcare.

 

Improve outcomes for transition age youth across the spectrum through

   Housing and Related Supports

  • Ensure that the state implementation of HCBS results in meaningful services for people with autism by
  • Eliminating waiting lists.
  • Addressing programmatic problems including bifurcation of services based on geography, diagnosis or other factors and the different prioritization of individuals based on their diagnosis or age.
  • Ensure staff has appropriate training, particularly related to challenging behaviors, safety, sensory needs and AAC.

   Employment and Other Activities

  • Ensure that the state implementation of WIOA results in meaningful services for people with autism.
  • Ensure staff has appropriate training, particularly related to challenging behaviors, safety, sensory needs and AAC.
  • Monitor HCBS programs.

​   Post-Secondary Education

   Healthcare

  • Monitor HCBS programs.
  • Eliminate age restrictions on healthcare coverage.

   The Transition Process

  • Assess and address inefficiencies in the transition process.
  • Disseminate and implement best practices in transition for youth with autism.  This includes ensuring that all staff involved in the transition process has appropriate training, particularly related to challenging behaviors, safety, sensory needs and AAC.
  • Encourage Bill of Rights legislation or administrative action.
  • Investigate Supported Decision Making.
  • Investigate Transition Certificate.
  • Encourage Agency Interdisciplinary Coordination.
  • Conduct Legislative Forums.

   Transportation

  • Pursue initiatives to ensure convenient and cost-effective access to transportation for individuals with autism.

 

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