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Introduction

House Resolution #89 of the 143rd Delaware House of Representatives established a Legislative Task Force to review services for adults on the autism spectrum (Appendix A). The Task Force, consisting of parents, state agency personnel, advocates and professionals met for more than 18 months to review services and needs of adults with autism spectrum disorders (Appendix B). House Resolution #89 specifically called for the following components to be included in the report.

(1)Identify generally accepted definitions and scope of autism and recommend the definition of autism to be used by the State of Delaware for purposes of providing services to adults with autism;

(2) Estimate the number of adults included within the recommended definition of the Task Force;

(3)Identify current available public and private services in Delaware;

(4)Review services for adults with autism that are available in other states;

(5)Identify needed services in Delaware that address service gaps for persons covered by the recommended definition; and

(6)Develop recommendations for the most cost effective means of delivering the recommended additional services.

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