Autism Services and Supports: Impact on Families

Towson University, in collaboration with the University of Maryland Baltimore County, was awarded a three year grant by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) to study the impacts and state utilization of Medicaid Home and Community-Based Waiver Services (HCBS)  for children, youth and families affected by autism.

HCBS waiver programs are federal-state partnerships intended to help eligible people receive services they need in their homes and communities rather than in institutions. The goal of waiver programs is to enhance the quality of life and productivity of the individuals receiving the services and their families. Waiver programs vary by state, the needs of the individuals being served and the funds available. Some states have specific autism waiver programs, while others do not.

We hope our research on the impact of autism services and supports on families will lead eventually to policy changes, a more responsive system of care and improved supports and services for children and youth with autism and their families.


Were you invited to provide feedback on the Autism Services and Supports: Impact on Families Survey? Please click on the link below to complete the survey and provide your feedback.

View a Towson University Occupational Therapy graduate student poster, Perspectives on Services Related to Quality of Life in Families with Transition Aged Youth on the Autism Spectrum.

The Autism Services and Supports: Impact on Families Advisory Board met on Friday, July 19, 2013. Thank you to all of the board members.

The Maryland Autism Services Survey was administered in 2008 and 2011.

The contents of this website were developed under a grant from the Department of Education, NIDRR grant number H133G120030. However, these contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.


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Maryland has had a Medicaid Home and Community-Based Autism Waiver since 2001. It is administered by the Maryland State Department of Education. Read the Fact Sheet about Maryland's Autism Waiver (PDF).



Topic: What Parents Say about Advocating for their Child

Families talk about the importance of not being afraid to speak up and advocate on behalf of their child.

"Don't totally rely on people to do things for you. Educate yourself. You have to go to support meetings or try to find little things about what's wrong with your kids and be the best advocate that you can be for your child, because nobody can speak like you."

We welcome your contributions to the Wisdom Window!



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