Health Care for Individuals with Autism
Autism is a chronic medial condition. For diagnosis and treatment of individuals with autism spectrum disorders we greatly rely upon the diligence and expertise of the mental health and health care community — those researchers, teachers, practitioners, clinicians, therapists and other health professionals dedicated to improving the lives of individuals living with autism and their families. As symptoms of autism appear in our children, we depend upon family and primary care physicians, pediatricians, and other related medical professionals to help us discern and respond in timely and appropriate ways, and to provide a medical home from which to navigate the complex and sometimes confusing network of services we need to access for a child or loved one.
Even with the promise of health care reform in the US, appropriate health care for both children and adults with autism is not always available or accessible. Obstacles to care include insufficient provider capacity and cost.
- Contact Northwest Autism Center’s Community Connections Director for assistance in navigating local health care resources.
- Contact the Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy with questions or concerns related to health care access and coverage.
If you are currently enrolled in one of the five Washington State managed care plans, and are working to pursue coverage for diagnosis and ABA treatment services, contact the: