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 autism, it is important to continue efforts to support diagnostic, educational, and treatment options for children with autism. Minnesota currently has a workforce and provider shortage in the area of autism diagnosis and treatment, and continued efforts are needed to train, recruit, and retain professionals and direct support workers in the field of autism.