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Autism Diagnosis Education Project > Results

Over the course of the initial phase of ADEP, data show that lag time decreased significantly. Specifically, parent-reported baseline data indicated that the age of first concern was approximately 40 months. After launching ADEP, that number dropped to 18 months. Baseline data also indicated that age of diagnosis was nearly 62 months of age.  Subsequent ADEP data indicated the age of diagnosis had dropped to 36 months of age.  Finally, overall lag time, from age of first concern to diagnosis, decreased from 22 months to 18 months. Clearly, these data represent a significant impact on Ohio’s children and their future welfare.

ADEP Data Comparison

Other findings from the pilot and subsequent project also include:

  • Community-based diagnostic partnerships improved access to local, timely, and comprehensive evaluations for children who were suspected of having ASD.
  • Approximately one half of the children evaluated between 2008 and 2011 received a diagnosis of ASD.
  • The community-based diagnostic partnerships were confident in their results.
  • The community-based diagnostics partnerships and families were highly satisfied with the model.
  • The process significantly reduced the lag time from initial concern to diagnosis.
  • The model has long-term sustainability.  Even when teams were without funding and support because of state budget cuts, nearly 75% of the teams continued the process.