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Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

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Autism Advocacy Initiative (AAI) | ASD Education for Providers | ASD Links and Resources

Autism is a complex developmental disability that causes problems with social interaction and communication.  Symptoms usually start before age three and can cause delays or problems in many different skills that develop from infancy to adulthood.

Different people with autism can have very different symptoms.  Health care providers think of autism as a “spectrum” disorder, a group of disorders with similar features.  One person may have mild symptoms, while another may have serious symptoms, but they both have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

ICAAP’s autism spectrum disorder (ASD) past efforts include providing pediatrician education, working on policy and advocacy issues, and connecting providers and families to community resources for education, treatment, and other services.

Autism Advocacy Initiative (AAI)

ICAAP’s Autism Advocacy Initiative (AAI) supports children and families affected by ASD. Past AAI efforts include the creation of a referral data base for state, regional, and local services to benefit children and families dealing with ASD and advocacy for Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) program and its interpretation as it impacts children and families dealing with ASD. EPSDT is a comprehensive child health program that provides for initial and periodic examinations and medically necessary follow-up care.

ASD Education for Providers

Access educational information on autism spectrum disorders, including a series of online training videos on autism-related topics including early intervention, changes to the DSM-V, and complementary alternative medicine treatments.

ASD Links and Resources

Find links to numerous autism spectrum disorder resources  for providers, families, and advocates alike, including fact sheets, national and local organizations, support groups, and educational videos.

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For more information about ICAAP’s active Child Development Initiatives, visit the Child Development webpage.