Service Needs Across the Lifespan for Individuals with Autism

J Autism Dev Disord. 2016 Jul;46(7):2480-9. doi: 10.1007/s10803-016-2787-4.


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.

Keywords: Adult; Needs; Policy; Services.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Autistic Disorder / diagnosis*
  • Autistic Disorder / psychology
  • Autistic Disorder / therapy*
  • Child
  • Female
  • Health Services Needs and Demand / trends*
  • Humans
  • Longevity*
  • Male
  • Policy
  • Self Report