department of family studies and community development

Autism Research

Autism Services and Supports: Impact on Families

Towson University, in collaboration with the University of Maryland Baltimore County, was awarded a three year grant by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) to study the impacts and state utilization of Medicaid Home and Community-Based Waiver Services (HCBS)  for children, youth and families affected by autism.

HCBS waiver programs are federal-state partnerships intended to help eligible people receive services they need in their homes and communities rather than in institutions. The goal of waiver programs is to enhance the quality of life and productivity of the individuals receiving the services and their families. Waiver programs vary by state, the needs of the individuals being served and the funds available. Some states have specific autism waiver programs, while others do not.

We hope our research on the impact of autism services and supports on families will lead eventually to policy changes, a more responsive system of care and improved supports and services for children and youth with autism and their families.


Please click on the link below to complete the Autism Services and Supports: Impact on Families Survey - Part 2. Thank You!

We recommend using either the Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome internet browser when completing the survey. They are available as free downloads. Please click on the links we provided to download either of these browsers. Safari and Internet Explorer also may be used to complete the survey.

View an article authored by Karen Eskow, Ph.D.,, Jean Ann Summers, Ph.D., and Gregory Chasson, Ph.D. and recently published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

A Cross-Sectional Cohort Study of a Large, Statewide Medicaid
Home and Community-Based Services Autism Waiver Program (PDF)


Thank you to all the Autism Services and Supports advisory board members.

The Maryland Autism Services Survey was administered in 2008 and 2011.

The contents of this website were developed under a grant from the Department of Education, NIDRR grant number H133G120030. However, these contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.


Department of Family Studies and Community Development
College of Liberal Arts Building, Suite 2210
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Phone: 410-704-5851
Fax: 410-704-3612

Maryland has had a Medicaid Home and Community-Based Autism Waiver since 2001. It is administered by the Maryland State Department of Education. Read the Fact Sheet about Maryland's Autism Waiver (PDF).



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