Skip to main content

After the #ASD Diagnosis: A Resource for Families

A new publication developed by the Indiana Resource Center for Autism at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community is designed to provide Indiana families a place to start to navigate systems after their child receives an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis. This free booklet, “After the Diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Resource for Families Whose Child is Newly Diagnosed,” includes information on what it means to have an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis, what services and supports are available, funding, and a state resource list.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new figures in 2015 indicating that the prevalence rate of autism spectrum disorders in the U.S. had climbed to 1 in 68 children. The estimated rate is 1 in 41 among boys and 1 in 189 among girls. In Indiana, based on 2014 child count data collected by the Indiana Department of Education, Office of Special Education, the prevalence rate is now approximately 1 in 71 in Indiana schools.

The new “After the Diagnosis” booklet answers the question many families ask: "Now that we have the diagnosis, what can I do for my child?" This booklet provides a first step towards experiencing some relief, and finding hope and needed guidance for a family and child with an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis.

The booklet is available free of charge to any individual or organization in Indiana concerned with the development of children on the autism spectrum. A printer-friendly online version of the booklet can also be found on the Indiana Resource Center for Autism website. A Spanish version will be available in the near future.

Content for this booklet was produced through a collaborative effort by the following agencies in Indiana: The Indiana Resource Center for Autism, Riley Child Development Center, Autism Society of Indiana, Family Voices Indiana, LOGAN Autism Learning Center, and The Arc of Indiana. Additional support was provided by Easter Seals Crossroads and Answers for Autism. This booklet is also made possible through donations received from family members, individuals, and organizations.

For more information, contact Cathy Pratt, director of the Indiana Resource Center for Autism, at (812) 855-6508 or

Popular posts from this blog

Pandemic Snap benefits: Free and Reduced Lunch Recipients

Pandemic Snap benefits: Those that have children on free and reduced lunch will receive their EBT card in the mail by the end of May if you are not already receiving SNAP benefits. It will be $319 per school aged child. You do not need to apply for this benefit. The DOE will provide your information to FSSA. 5767.htm?fbclid= IwAR0zhdr9tS1wMovtNNPngc55HCms QSX_4k_E_ GRAjPpNRHWF5ExZgCLUjOE

Sample Medical Order, Letter of Medical Necessity and Appeal Letter for #ABA Services

From The Arc Autism Insurance Project in collaboration with Family Voices Indiana and About Special Kids Feel free to contact Family Voices Indiana at 317 944 8982 or if you need additional resources or support. Sample Medical Order, Letter of Medical Necessity and Appeal Letter for ABA Services – Medicaid under EPSDT (ages 0-21) EPSDT – Early, Periodic Screening Diagnosis and T reatment MEDICAL TREATMENT ORDER SAMPLE FORMAT The prescribing physician should include: Physician’s order for ABA therapy Letter of medical necessity written by the physician or ABA provider, which includes: Patient history Diagnosis and prognosis Description of recommended services and explanation of why the services are medically necessary What the benefit to the patient will be, and Recommended length of time for the services Medical Necessity According to the Health and Human Services website: Medical Necessity under EPSDT   In a rep