Arkansas primarily has a rural population, which contributes to barriers in access to medical homes and autism related services. Arkansas' team goals were to identify and develop resources as well as create a state plan to increase access to services.
To view Arkansas' State Grantee Profile, click here.
To learn more about Arkansas' work, email firstname.lastname@example.org or (479) 575-3302.
Arkansas' state team focused on identifying resources across the state, developing access maps for families with children who have ASD, and developing a state plan in order to increase access to services. The project activities are described below.
Arkansas' needs assessment highlighted key details about their population and its needs such as:
- Not screening and diagnosing children until after the age of 4.7 years
- Under identifying children from rural, poor or minority populations
State Autism Resource Guide
A new resource guide was developed under Project Connect called "The Autism Resource Guide." The purpose of the guide is to provide professionals and families a with resources to guide interventions for their children, or the children they serve.
Resources in this guide include:
- Autism access maps
- Evidence-based practices
- Agencies/Organizations serving the Autism community
- Disability Advocates
- Therapy, Early Intervention, Diagnostic, and Screening Services
To view the Autism Resource Guide, click here.
Successes & Lessons Learned
Arkansas' team was successful in developing a resource center for parents and resource guide, creating customized LTSAE materials for Project Connect, making referrals to agencies and organizations through their resources, and conducting screenings using LTSAE materials and M-CHAT.
To access more of Arkansas' resources through SPHARC's search engine, click here.