vocational and residential services to individuals with behavioral challenges, the regular DD populations, and to individuals with Asperger Syndrome. The rest do not provide any services to this group.
Medical and Therapy Providers
Four physicians and two other medical programs (outpatient rehabilitation, audiology) responded. Of those, one physician identified himself as a specialist in behavioral medicine but lives in Pennsylvania; one is an allergist who provides medical care to individuals with autism, and the other two do not serve this group. Both the outpatient therapy program (physical, occupational, and speech) and an audiology program reported that they provide services. The outpatient therapy program cited specialized training to address the needs of individuals with autism, but the others did not.
Three children’s programs responded and all reported that they do not offer services to individuals with autism.
Mental Health Providers
Three mental health agencies responded and two private therapists responded. One has provided limited mental health service to one individual; and two provide no service to this group.
Educational Diagnostic Services
Two organizations that identify themselves as providers of diagnostic and educational services responded, along with a psychologist in practice with an MD from PA. One provides diagnostic and therapeutic services, social skills training and individual or family counseling. The second provides diagnostic and tutorial assistance for individuals with non-verbal learning disabilities, high functioning autism, and Asperger Syndrome. Additionally, a psychologist in practice with the Pennsylvania physician responded with positive responses for all services, including diagnostic, therapeutic, educational, individual and family counseling, and social skills training although they advise the number of people served is small. The nature of their responses implies that the work with children rather than adults.
Funding is based on the type of organization. State agencies are typically funded through federal and state dollars, and that is also true of adult service providers. The providers identified funding through DDDS; some receive funding through DVR and school districts. Others reported accessing DDDS respite funds and the Maryland Autism Waiver (which is for children) for some of their services; again these were primarily for children.