Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are a cluster of complex developmental disabilities that effect many individuals and families in New Hampshire. While an exact number is hard to establish, there are approximately 2,000 school age children in NH who have one of the three forms of ASD -- autistic disorder, Asperger Syndrome, and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS). The number of adults identified with ASD is unknown but appears to be growing as more individuals seek evaluations from medical professionals.
The NH Council on ASD was established by the state legislature to improve services and supports for those impacted by ASD. In talking with parents and other care-givers, we were struck by how information about essential services varied from one region of the state to another. Even highly experienced parents told us that they were surprised to learn about quality standards, programs, and innovations available and applied in other parts of NH that could benefit their son or daughter.
Our goal in creating this site was to provide a single point of entry to a common, high quality and comprehensive body of information about NH services for those who experience ASD and the best practice guidelines that inform them.
We wish you well,
Chair, NH Council on ASD
Please note that inclusion on this website does not imply endorsement of any organization, treatment methodology, or provider.
This informational website is not a substitute for clinical, legal, or business advice as it applies to your individual situation.
The fact that 800,000 children with autism will soon age into our nation's adult care system presents an enormous public health issue. In this short documentary, you will see some of the best practices that are actively promoted in NH (for example, person-centered planning), as well as many of the challenges that individuals with ASD continue to face. Although NH does not use a strict IQ test to determine eligibility, as is the case in the first scenario in this film, the presence of a waiting list effectively keeps individuals out of services for months, even years.