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Autism Supports

As part of the reorganization effort, the Agency of Human Services created a statewide position with a special focus on autism spectrum disorders. The Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living (DAIL), Division of Disability and Aging Services hired an Autism Specialist, Clare McFadden in June 2005. Her primary role is to develop and enhance the system of support in the home and community for people with autism spectrum disorders. She can work with community agencies, support groups and government departments to address system issues, enhance service delivery and develop or provide training. She can also help people brainstorm ideas, find information and locate resources.

Clare McFadden is working closely with Claire Bruno, the autism consultant with the Department of Education, to identify autism needs and resources in the state. Claire’s primary focus is on developing systems of support and professional development in and for schools statewide for students with autism spectrum disorders.




Services Include

Services for individuals with autism and other pervasive developmental disorders provided within DAIL are listed under: