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Autism Spectrum Disorder - ASD

Overview

 

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The Department of Social Services Waiver for Persons with Autism provides home-and community-based services to individuals with autism who do not have an intellectual disability (a full IQ score of 70 or higher). To qualify, an individual must have substantial limitations in two or more of the following major life activities: (1) self-care, (2) understanding and use of language, (3) learning, (4) mobility, (5) self-direction, or (6) capacity for independent living. The functional impairments must have been diagnosed before age 22 and be expected to continue indefinitely.

The following services and supports, which are capped at $50,000 annually per participant, are available under the waiver:

  • Clinical Behavioral Supports
  • Social Skills Group
  • Job Coaching
  • Life Skills Coach
  • Community Mentor
  • Individual Goods and Services
  • Personal Emergency Response System
  • Respite
  • Assistive Technology
  • Interpreter
  • Non-Medical Transportation
  • Nutrition
  • Specialized Driving Assessment
  • Live-in Companion

 

The Waiver for Persons with Autism is not an entitlement; therefore, services and access to services under the ASD waiver may be limited, based on available funding and program capacity. A waiting list applies.

Autism Spectrum Disorder Advisory Council