Autism Spectrum Disorder - ASD


In order to be eligible to apply to the Waiver for Persons with Autism from the Department of Social Services (DSS) Division of Autism Spectrum Disorder Services, a person must have:

  1.  Legal residence


  2. A Primary diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder supported by a standardized diagnostic instrument such as the Autism Diagnostic and Observation Schedule (ADOS), Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS), Gilliam Autism Rating Scale (GARS), etc. Evaluations that do not include a standardized test of autism will not serve to qualify individuals for the DSS Division of Autism Spectrum Disorder Services.


  3. At least 3 years of age


  4. A Full Scale IQ score of 70* or higher as indicated on a test of intelligence such as the Wechsler Intelligence Scale or Stanford-Binet. Intelligence testing that occurred during the developmental period (prior to the age of 18).  Psychological testing must be current (within three years).


    *For children under the age of 8, intelligence testing may not produce reliable and valid IQ scores, in which case eligibility is based on a diagnosis of autism and developmental delays.


  5. Substantial functional limitations in two or more of the following areas of major life activity: a) self-care,   b) understanding and use of language c) learning d) mobility e) self-direction f) capacity for independent living.


  6. Live in either their own home or their family home. Individuals who reside in residential or a school setting are not eligible for autism waiver services.  OK


  7. Medicaid eligibility (HUSKY A, C, or D).


  8. Impairment prior to age 22.


  9. Impairment expected to continue indefinitely.