Services Available to Missourians Affected by Autism
Description of Training
According to the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated 1 in 59 persons in the United States has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Individuals with ASD often need supports, accommodations, and resources to help them with many facets of life.
This presentation provides some basic facts about autism including core features. Families and professionals will hear an overview of the service systems available in Missouri for children with autism and their families. The presentation will hone in on the process involved for accessing services and supports through the Department of Mental Health, Division of Developmental Disabilities. Additionally, resources for individuals with autism and their families will be provided so that persons will be better equipped to navigate Missouri’s services system.
By the end of this session, participants will be able to:
- Identify five key facts about autism spectrum disorder (ASD);
- Identify Missouri’s service systems for individuals affected with ASD;
- Describe the process in Missouri for accessing services and supports for individuals with autism and their families through the Department of Mental Health, Division of Developmental Disabilities; and
- Identify autism resources that help individuals, families, and professionals navigate the service system.
Linda Miller Bio
Linda Miller possesses a B.S.Ed. Having worked in various positions within the Department of Social Services, Children’s Division, from 1992 through December 2012, and now with the Department of Mental Health, Division of Developmental Disabilities, she has had extensive experience developing and delivering training on a variety of subjects within the field of human services.
Since January 2013, she has been working for the Department of Mental Health, Division of Developmental Disabilities, as Coordinator for the Office of Autism Services. The Office of Autism Services is charged with providing leadership in program development for children and adults with autism spectrum disorder to include the establishment of program standards and coordination of program capacity (RSMo 633.225). The Office of Autism Services works closely with Missouri’s five Autism Projects, Missouri’s Autism Centers’ diagnostic and intervention clinics, and the Missouri Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorders.
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