In 2008, Ohio House Bill 119 established the creation of the Autism Diagnosis Education Pilot Project (ADEPP) within the Ohio Department of Health, Bureau of Early Intervention Services to educate families, health care professionals, educators, and others interested in screening and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders. The pilot project was subsequently administered by the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics in five counties: Warren, Belmont, Wood, Franklin, and Cuyahoga.
After successful results in the five pilot counties, the project expanded in 2010 to include an additional 26 counties. Funding ended in June 2011, but was renewed in September 2012, and the project was renamed the Autism Diagnosis Education Project (ADEP). Under the direction and administration of the OCALI and Akron Children’s Hospital/Family Child Learning Center, 13 additional counties joined the effort in March 2013, bringing the total number of participating counties across Ohio to 44.