department of family studies and community development

Our Research


Autism presents families with many challenges. It may strain the emotional, physical, and financial quality of life of a family. Yet family well-being has a direct impact on the ability of a family to advocate for and meet the needs of their son or daughter with autism. Intuitively it would seem that children in families who are well-supported may have better educational and employment outcomes. However, before policies can be changed, policy makers need to know if definitive connections exist among specific supports, parental involvement, and educational or employment outcomes for children and youth with autism. This is the goal of our research, which is divided into two independent but related studies.

Study 1
In this study we are examining the various approaches being taken in all 50 states to provide care in the community to children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In addition, we are examining state approaches to supports and services designed specifically for transition age youth (ages 18-21).

Study 2
In Study 2 we are conducting in-depth interviews with a sample of Maryland participants from the previous Maryland Autism Services Surveys, administered in 2008 and 2011, to gather a more specific understanding of the implications of their responses to the surveys. We are revising and administering the Maryland Autism Services Survey again. It will be a more targeted and in-depth probe that identifies specific services and their impacts.

Department of Family Studies and Community Development
College of Liberal Arts Building, Suite 2210
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Phone: 410-704-5851
Fax: 410-704-3612


View the Study 1, state Medicaid officials survey.

• View the State Adoption of Medicaid 1915 (c) Waivers for Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) poster that was presented at the 2014 American Public Health Association annual meeting.

• View our Family Briefs, which contain tips and wisdom for families on Case Management, Advocacy, Finances, Health Services and Informal Support.

• View our Study 1 issue brief: State Adoption of Medicaid 1915(c) Waivers for Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

• Autism Services and Supports: Impact on Families - Survey - Part 2 Glossary of Key Terms (PDF).





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