Access to Care for Autism-Related Services
- First Online:
- Cite this article as:
- Thomas, K.C., Ellis, A.R., McLaurin, C. et al. J Autism Dev Disord (2007) 37: 1902. doi:10.1007/s10803-006-0323-7
This paper identifies family characteristics associated with use of autism-related services. A telephone or in-person survey was completed during 2003–2005 by 383 North Carolina families with a child 11 years old or younger with ASD. Access to care is limited for racial and ethnic minority families, with low parental education, living in nonmetropolitan areas, and not following a major treatment approach. Service use is more likely when parents have higher stress. Families use a broad array of services; the mix varies with child ASD diagnosis and age group. Disparities in service use associated with race, residence and education point to the need to develop policy, practice and family-level interventions that can address barriers to services for children with ASD.