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National Autism Indicators Report: Developmental Disability Services and Outcomes in Adulthood

An in-depth report on developmental disability services and outcomes

Paul Shattuck

Anne Roux, Jessica Rast, Kristy Anderson, Paul Shattuck


Access to Services, Community and Social Participation, Education, Employment, Health and Mental Health, Living Arrangements, Independence and Rights

Indepth Report

Data Source
National Core Indicators Adult Consumer Survey 2014-2015

Key Findings

What do we know about how adults with autism spectrum disorder who receive state DD services are faring across a variety of domains?
Do they have the help they might need to attain positive outcomes?
How do their experiences and outcomes compare to other DD service users?


Many adults with autism have a difficult time achieving employment, continued education, and independent living. This report explores the experiences of adults with ASD who used services funded through state Developmental Disability (DD) agencies in 2014-15. We learn more about their characteristics, the quality of their lives, the opportunities they have to participate in their communities, their ability to exercise choice in their lives, and their access to needed services.

Suggested Citation

Roux, Anne M., Shattuck, Paul T., Rast, Jessica E., Anderson, Kristy A. National Autism Indicators Report: Developmental Disability Services and Outcomes in Adulthood. Philadelphia, PA: Life Course Outcomes Research Program, A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, Drexel University, 2017.

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