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ERIC Number: EJ1144746
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jun
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1934-9491
Evolving Definitions of Autism and Impact on Eligibility for Developmental Disability Services: California Case Example
Williams, Marian E.; Wheeler, Barbara Y.; Linder, Lisa; Jacobs, Robert A.
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, v55 n3 p192-209 Jun 2017
When establishing eligibility for developmental disability (DD) services, definitions of specific diagnostic conditions, such as autism, impact policy. Under the Medicaid home and community-based waiver program, states have discretion in determining specific program or service eligibility criteria, the nature of supports to be provided, and the number of individuals to be served. Individuals with DD, their families, and advocates have pushed to expand eligibility and improve the quality of services and supports received. This article uses a California legal case to explore the impact on individuals seeking eligibility for DD services when states rely on evolving diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorder. Recommendations are made for a more equitable and consistent approach to disability eligibility determination.
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. P.O. Box 1897, Lawrence, KS 66044-1897. Tel: 785-843-1235; Fax: 785-843-1274; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California
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