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August 2012Vol. 13, No. 7Respite Care for Individuals With Autism

The incidence of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and the need for respite services for these children and their families and other caregivers continues to grow. A new factsheet from the ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center addresses the challenges in providing accessible, appropriate, and culturally sensitive services for these families.

The factsheet provides an overview of the range of conditions that make up ASD, and the health, emotional, social, behavioral, and treatment aspects of autism across the spectrum. The paper also provides guidelines for the specific kinds of care a child with autism typically needs and discusses the challenges families face in finding caregivers with the appropriate training to provide such care.

The fact sheet also provides the following information:

  • Federal and State funding resources to help pay for respite care, including Medicaid, State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) programs, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Specific recommendations for expanding respite options and improving respite access and appropriateness for respite programs, community agencies, health care providers, and family caregivers
  • Examples of specific State programs and a list of organizations offering information and resources on autism

Respite for Individuals with Autism is available on the ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center website: (458 KB)