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Definition and Eligibility Criteria

Autism is defined as abnormal or impaired development in social interaction and communication, as well as markedly restricted, repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behavior, interests and activities manifested prior to three years of age. Problems which are experienced in these areas must fit a specific pattern of disturbance that is outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.


Information Needed to Determine Eligibility

Social information relevant to developmental history, a valid evaluation using state-of-the-art assessments and medical and psychological records that pertain to a possible diagnosis are needed.


Types of Services and Supports Available

DDSN contracts with local Disabilities and Special Needs (DSN) Boards and other providers to bring an array of services to your community. Services are provided based on the needs of the consumer, the appropriateness of the service to meet the need, and the availability of funding. Services may be limited by the availibility of a service provider in your community.


Services Available Exclusively to People with Autism

  • consultation for families, educators and service providers
  • evaluations for eligibility determination
  • training for professionals and families
  • treatment planning and planning for families


Additional Individual and Family Supports and Services for Children and Adults

  • service coordination
  • early intervention services
  • genetic evaluation, treatment and counseling services
  • stipends for day care (through ABC block grant) and transportation
  • individualized summer services and camps
  • adult companion services
  • adult dental services
  • adult vision services
  • audiology services
  • behavioral support services
  • environmental modifications
  • personal care services
  • nursing services
  • occupational therapy services
  • physical therapy services
  • prescribed drugs
  • private vehicle modifications
  • psychological services
  • respite care
  • specialized medical equipment, supplies and assistive technology
  • rehabilitation support services

Day Services for Adults

  • support employment services
  • center-based pre-vocational, habilitation or rehabilitation support services
  • mobile work crews or enclaves

Residential Services

  • a variety of residential settings which offer varying levels of supervision and supports to meet the needs of each individual.

Services and supports for people with autism may be funded through the Intellectual Disability/Related Disabilities (ID/RD) Waiver, the Medicaid State Plan, and/or the Individual and Family Support Funding.

Link to Waiver Services