The Autism Blog

Conversations About Autism – Transition to Adulthood

Please join us as we continue with our new video series, Conversations About Autism, which replaced our Autism 200 lectures, for this month’s conversation titled- Transition to Adulthood: Getting Started. Read full post »

SPARK Online Autism Research Study

SPARK is an online autism research study that aims to make new discoveries and advance the understanding of autism. With over 275,000 participants, SPARK is now the largest study of autism ever. But in order to advance discoveries in autism for all individuals and families, we need everyone to join. And to find answers for you, we need to understand what makes you unique. Read full post »

Autism Supports this Past Legislative Session – Adults

This is the second of a two-part series about how inclusion and support for autistic individuals and their families fared in Olympia this past legislative session. Part 2 provides an overview of support and inclusion for adults in our state. Part 1 addressed support for children and youth.

In 2021 we were bracing for severe cuts to disability services. Thanks to federal rescue funds and a quick turnaround from a state revenue nosedive, not only were services protected, we saw modest investment in long-term supports. Going into the 2022 session, advocates were ready to push for better access, and some legislators were ready to listen. Read full post »

Autism Month: A Provider’s Perspective

We continue our Autism Month blog series with Autism Awareness, Acceptance and Action- Autism Month from a Provider Perspective from Jennifer Mannheim, ARNP at the Autism Center.

In 2000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 150 8-year-olds had autism. The most recent numbers from the CDC (based on data from 2018) show that now 1 in 44 8-year-olds have autism. Here is a link to the CDC website with those numbers. So, what happened in those 18 years? This is a question many people have Read full post »

Autism Supports This Past Legislative Session – Children & Youth

This is the first of two-part series about how inclusion and support for autistic individuals and their families fared in Olympia this past legislative session. Part 1 addresses support for children and youth, while Part 2 will provide an overview of support and inclusion for adults in our state.

So, how did we come out of Washington’s 2022 legislative session? Are we closer to being an inclusive state with ready, equitable access to appropriate supports? 

Not quite. Read full post »