State Spotlight: Connecticut

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In 2013, the population was 3,596,080 (29th by population), but 48th by size, making Connecticut the 4th most densely populated state‚Äč. Connecticut's team consisted of the Connecticut Department of Public Health, Connecticut A.J. Pappanikou Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service, and the CT Autism Action Coalition. 

To view Connecticut's State Grantee Profile, click here.  

To learn more about Connecticut's work, visit the Connecticut Collaborative to Improve Autism webpage here.  

Project Activities  

Connecticut's work focused on improving infrastructure for children and youth with ASD/DD, engaging ASD-specific family support and training organizations, and expanding existing practices providing family-centered, comprehensive, coordinated healthcare and related services. Project activities are described below.      

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A variety of materials and interactive resources were developed to encourage
cross-collaboration among support systems for children and youth with ASD/DD such as:

Successes & Lessons Learned

Connecticut's team had some difficulties in establishing universal screening for ASD and increasing timely access to evaluations for ASD was a challenge. However, they brought together different support systems (Medical home staff members, autism advocacy, and family advocacy groups) to address a similar issue and contribute to one another's work.

To access more of Connecticut's resources through SPHARC's search engine, click here