In order to be eligible to apply to the Waiver for Persons with Autism from the Department of Social Services (DSS) Division of Autism Spectrum Disorder Services, a person must have:
- Legal residence
- A Primary diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder supported by a standardized diagnostic instrument such as the Autism Diagnostic and Observation Schedule (ADOS), Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS), Gilliam Autism Rating Scale (GARS), etc. Evaluations that do not include a standardized test of autism will not serve to qualify individuals for the DSS Division of Autism Spectrum Disorder Services.
- At least 3 years of age
- A Full Scale IQ score of 70* or higher as indicated on a test of intelligence such as the Wechsler Intelligence Scale or Stanford-Binet. Intelligence testing that occurred during the developmental period (prior to the age of 18). Psychological testing must be current (within three years).
*For children under the age of 8, intelligence testing may not produce reliable and valid IQ scores, in which case eligibility is based on a diagnosis of autism and developmental delays.
- Substantial functional limitations in two or more of the following areas of major life activity: a) self-care, b) understanding and use of language c) learning d) mobility e) self-direction f) capacity for independent living.
- Live in either their own home or their family home. Individuals who reside in residential or a school setting are not eligible for autism waiver services.
- Medicaid eligibility (HUSKY A, C, or D).
- Impairment prior to age 22.
- Impairment expected to continue indefinitely.