The prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) has risen markedly over recent years and is now a preeminent national public health concern. Individuals with ASD exhibit deficits in social interactions, verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors or interests that persist over a lifetime. As a result, demands of caregiving for individuals with ASD place heavy burdens on families who must provide care.
Our long-term goal is to help individuals with ASD progress from the fringes of intervention to the center by implementing the most current evidence-based treatments. Collaboration for Autism Research and Engagement seeks to engage families with autistic children in rural communities in this process to better determine their needs and discover what would make their access to healthcare better.
Consuelo Kreider is a member of the project’s Community Advisory Board. She explains more about the project mission.