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No general conclusions can be made based on this limited survey. Questions could have been written more clearly; and many respondents didn’t complete the survey. Still, the results confirm what we knew. Some assessment is available but there are no providers that offer the types of supports that adults with autism spectrum disorders typically require. The one exception is that there are services specifically designed for and delivered to adults with autism.

Services that exist are typically traditional services for individuals with cognitive disabilities. Only one respondent stated they offer any specific supports for the unique needs of adults with high functioning autism which is social skills. Further, there is limited funding from any source which impairs the ability to provide services.

The more interesting finding is that most organizations willing to complete the survey didn’t complete the entire thing. There was enough interest to fill it out and send it in, but not to identify what the real challenges or needs of this group are. This implies that there is little understanding of what the needs of this group really are or how they can be addressed.

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