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Here you'll find our publications on the service needs and outcomes of people on the autism spectrum. We report on a variety of indicators related to transition planning, education, employment and several other topics.

Our holistic approach allows us to look not only at how an individual topic affects the overall quality of life, but how these different aspects of life work together to produce more positive life outcomes.

  • First Encounters with a Health Care Provider

    This factsheet presents data from the Survey of Pathways to Diagnosis and Services to explore parent experiences with screening, professional responses to parent concerns, and diagnosis of autism.

    Topic: Diagnosis and Intervention
    Publication Type: Fact Sheet
  • Disciplinary Action: Special Education and Autism
    Disciplinary action disproportionately affects certain students, including students with disabilities who require access to the least restrictive educational environment, in accordance with IDEA. How do zero tolerance policies affect students with autism? This fact sheet also includes state-by-state breakdowns of the number of disciplinary actions experienced by students with autism.
    Topic: Education, Safety and Risk
    Publication Type: Fact Sheet
  • Autism First Concerns
    Early recognition and response to first concerns about autism may help children receive targeted autism interventions in a timely manner. This fact sheet looks closely at when first concerns about a child's development are noticed, who notices them, and the age of first autism diagnosis.
    Topic: Diagnosis and Intervention
    Publication Type: Fact Sheet
  • Special Education Environments and Autism

    Where students with autism spend their time while in school varies a lot by state. In some states, most students with autism spend their time in a regular education classroom.  In other states, students with autism spend most of their time in a special education classroom.  This fact sheet looks at where students spend their time, and the laws the determine this.  

    Topic: Education
    Publication Type: Fact Sheet
    Data Source: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
  • Survey of Pathways to Diagnosis and Services
    Why are we interested in the Survey of Pathways to Diagnosis and Services? This introductory fact sheet gives background information on the kinds of topics and questions this survey covered.
    Topic: Diagnosis and Intervention, Health and Mental Health, Safety and Risk, Access to Services, Education
    Publication Type: Fact Sheet
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