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Funding Services for Adults With Developmental Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder

As individuals with developmental disabilities (DD) and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) move into adulthood, they often require continual services. Many adults with DD and ASD age out of services geared toward children and families. These adults likely accessed these programs through schools and other agencies. Funding for adult services ensures that individuals with DD and ASD have the supports to reach their full potential, be as independent as possible, and participate fully in society. This entry reports the history of laws and regulations in the United States that shape current funding and policies. Furthermore, this entry outlines the direct and indirect services for individuals with ASD and DD, as well as how these services are funded. The entry also discusses some of the challenges to ...

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