The Autism Diagnosis Education Project (ADEP) facilitates unique partnerships between community-based primary care practices and professionals providing early intervention and early childhood services to increase access to local and timely standardized, comprehensive diagnostic evaluations for children suspected of having an autism spectrum disorder.
Launched in 2008, the Autism Diagnosis Education Pilot Project (ADEPP) was originally piloted through funds from the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and administered by the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The pilot concluded in June 2011. The project's efforts continued again beginning in October 2012 with funding from the Governor's Office of Health Transformation awarded to the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) for expansion of ADEP. The Department partnered with Akron Children's Hospital, Family Child Learning Center, and the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) to coordinate and implement the ADEP expansion. The project's work aligns with the Ohio Autism Recommendations, which emphasizes the importance of early identification and diagnosis of autism.