Services for children with autism spectrum disorders: What needs to change?

Stacy K. Dymond, Christie L. Gilson, Steve P. Myran

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Recommendations for improving school and community-based services for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in the state of Virginia were investigated. Participants consisted of 783 parents of children birth to age 22 with a medical diagnosis ofASD. Data obtained through an open-ended survey question were analyzed both quantitatively and qualitatively. Parents recommended improving the quality, quantity, accessibility, and availability of services; educating and training individuals to work effectively with children with ASD; increasing funding for services; and creating appropriate school placements and educational programs. The findings from this study suggest the need for increased individualization of and accessibility to services. Future state-level research must examine the variables that affect parent recommendations and evaluate the quality of existing services for children with ASD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)133-147
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Disability Policy Studies
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Law


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