How this Information Can be Useful
MN-ADDM’s findings can be used to promote early identification of ASD, plan for ASD services and training, guide future ASD research, and inform policies promoting improved outcomes in health care and education for individuals with ASD.
Based on the findings, it is important for stakeholders in Minnesota to consider finding ways to lower the age of first evaluation by community providers. With over 2% of the population affected by ASD, it is important to continue efforts to support diagnostic, educational, treatment and transition to adulthood options for individuals with ASD. Minnesota currently has a workforce and provider shortage in the area of ASD diagnosis and treatment, and continued efforts are needed to train, recruit, and retain professionals and direct support workers in the field of ASD.