Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 46, Issue 7, pp 2480–2489 | Cite as

Service Needs Across the Lifespan for Individuals with Autism

  • Paul TurcotteEmail author
  • Mary Mathew
  • Lindsay L. Shea
  • Eugene Brusilovskiy
  • Stacy L. Nonnemacher
Original Paper


The goal of this research was to examine reported service needs among individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) of all ages. Data were generated from a state survey that queried the needs of children, adolescents and adults with ASD. Logistic regression was used to compare service use and need among these age groups. Adults with ASD were less likely to be receiving multiple types of services, and more likely to have a need for services. These findings demonstrate that adults with ASD have more and different needs for services. These results can inform policy and program planning to put in place the services adults with ASD need.


Services Policy Adult Needs 



This study was funded through the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training (ASERT) Collaboration, under the Bureau of Autism Services, Office of Developmental Programs, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services.

Author contributions

LS and SN designed the research, LS and SN performed the research, EB and PT analyzed the data and LS, PT, and MM wrote the paper.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declares that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Turcotte
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mary Mathew
    • 1
  • Lindsay L. Shea
    • 1
  • Eugene Brusilovskiy
    • 2
  • Stacy L. Nonnemacher
    • 3
  1. 1.A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, ASERT CollaborativePhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Rehabilitation SciencesTemple UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA
  3. 3.PA Department of Human ServicesBureau of Autism ServicesHarrisburgUSA

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