ERIC Number: ED233506
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Opening Doors for West Virginians with Autism: A Comprehensive State Plan.
Sullivan, Ruth Christ; Mabee, Barbara Kiausch
The report documents services available to persons with autism in West Virginia and recommends types of services needed. A survey is said to have revealed that only 99 persons with autism were served by statewide nonschool programs, in contrast with projections of 1,939 nonschool-age autistic individuals. Background information details the exclusion of autistic persons from medical and social services and cites West Virginia's lack of trained personnel and lack of formal preparation programs in any institution of higher education. A summary of responses to a 20-item questionnaire on existing services is presented, with responses coming from administrators of 34 mental health centers, hospitals and agencies. Recommendations center on diagnostic services, training, parent/family support services (including respite care) and sensitive family counseling, community living alternatives, public awareness, and case management. Appended material includes a summary of other state autism studies and plans. (CL)
Descriptors: Autism, Community Resources, Community Services, Needs Assessment, Postsecondary Education, State Programs, State Surveys
West Virginia Department of Health, Office of Behavioral Health, Capitol Complex, 1800 Washington, S.E., Charleston, WV 25305 (free while supply lasts).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: West Virginia State Dept. of Health, Charleston. West Virginia Developmental Disabilities Planning Council.
Authoring Institution: Autism Services Center, Huntington, WV.
Identifiers: West Virginia
Note: Funds were also provided by the Federal Developmental Disabilities Program.