**All 12 DSS Field Offices are now available for pick-up and drop-off of applications/forms; filling out applications/forms on-site; general information; questions & answers; and picking up of EBT cards & income verifications. Lobby hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Drop-boxes are also available.  Please note:  no in-person assistance such as interviewing and eligibility determination available yet, due to pandemic safety guidelines.  Visitors, please wear masks and observe safe social distancing.  For office locations, please visit www.ct.gov/dss/fieldoffices .

 **Response time at our telephone Benefits Center (1-855-6-CONNECT) is currently longer than usual.  Thank you for your patience.

 **24/7 access:  Customers can access benefit and application information, 24/7, at www.connect.ct.gov and www.ct.gov/dss/apply; or 1-855-6-CONNECT. Full information on ways to contact DSS online, by phone, by mail, and at office dropboxes is at www.ct.gov/dss/fieldoffices. Information and updates about child support is available at www.ct.gov/dss/childsupport. Please also visit www.ct.gov/coronavirus for latest State of Connecticut updates; and www.ct.gov/dss/covid for DSS-specific updates. Thank you.

 

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
  • 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