|Project Title||Principal Investigator||Institution|
|Family-centered transition planning for students with autism spectrum disorders||Hagner, David||University of New Hampshire|
|Treatment as usual and peer engagement in teens with high functioning autism||Orlich, Felice||Seattle Children's Hospital|
|IACC Strategic Plan Objective||2008||2009||2010||2011||2012||Total|
|Conduct comparative effectiveness research that includes a cost-effectiveness component to examine community-based interventions, services, and supports to improve health outcomes and quality of life for adults on the ASD spectrum over age 21 by 2018. Topics should include: ||N/A ||6.L.C |
|6.L.C. Funding: The recommended budget was not met; the funding allocated to projects specific to this objective falls far short of the recommendation. |
Progress: Not nearly enough funding and projects have been devoted to this objective much more work needs to be done.
Remaining gaps, needs and opportunities: Projects regarding service and support needs of older adults are needed; however, there is a question about whether there are yet enough empirically sound adult interventions to make it possible to do comparative effectiveness studies . It could be useful to separate out specific populations, topics (housing, transitions, etc.) or outcomes in order to better assess progress. A characterization of current resources and how well they're working is needed for this objective, which is the goal of the newly released report from The State of the States project. The current focus of the field on the transition to adulthood should be expanded to include the full lifespan.