State Spotlight: Texas


Texas has the second largest state in land mass and population. It has the fastest growing child population in the United States. In particular, Texas accounted for 50% of the increase in the U.S. child population from 2000-2010. Texas' team consisted of stakeholders from nine university-based Autism centers, all relevant state agencies and associations, and advocacy groups.  

To view Texas' State Grantee Profile, click here.

To learn more about Texas' work, visit the Act Early Texas! webpage here.

Project Activities

Texas' team based the majority of their work in the Act Early Texas! web portal to set a foundation for universal developmental screening in Texas. The work that they did under 
this platform is described below.

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Texas' web portal, Act Early Texas!, houses a variety of resources that were developed and are essential for families and professionals caring for children with ASD/DD.

Some major resources the web portal provides include:

  • Needs Assessment
  • Funding for AET! Universal Screening
  • Training programs for ABA providers
  • ASD telepractice program
  • ASD-Medical home program

To access more resources, visit the Act Early Texas! webpage here.   

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Autism Speaks

Texas's team partnered with Autism Speaks to address over 50% of self-funded insurance payers in Texas.

To learn more about Autism Speaks, visit their webpage here.

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Outreach to Underserved Populations

The team focused on reaching underserved Hispanic and Vietnamese populations in Texas.

Successes & Lessons Learned

Texas presented six legislative briefs to members of the Texas state legislature or their staff on:

  • Funding state-wide developmental screening through AET! and  development of a mobile version
  • Creating the third telehealth designation of "telepractice" to permit ASD evaluations across the state
  • Funding pilot community-based diagnostic teams to reach out to underserved and rural communities
  • Funding pilot training of ASD direct service providers in behavioral interventions
  • Funding the creation of a Texas state registry for ASD/DD
  • Improving funding for Medicaid Waiver programs, and decrease waiting lists by an additional 10% per year

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