Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Evaluation

Father with young daughterVCHIP provided third-party evaluation for the Vermont Department of Health’s Vermont State Implementation Grant for Improving Services for Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other Developmental Disabilities (DD), through a three-year grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau. 


  • Partnerships were demonstrated between professionals and families of children and youth with ASD/DD in the project and in all aspects of the system of care.
  • Children with ASD and other DDs had access to a high quality medical home and access to adequate health insurance and financing of services.
  • Expanded early and continuous screening for ASD/DD by medical homes, leading to more timely evaluation, diagnosis, and appropriate treatment.
  • Community-based services were organized for easy use by families.
  • Transition to adult health care, work, and independence was successful.

Findings of the ASD Evaluation

  • 81% of respondents indicated that their child had been referred to a specialty doctor at ages 36 months or younger.
  • 100% of the respondents indicated that the adequacy of early intervention services for children under 3 is very adequate or somewhat adequate.
  • Most of the participants indicated that both medical and community based services are family-centered and culturally competent.
  • Almost half of the respondents reported having no trouble paying for community based services

Findings of the Developmental Screening in Primary Care Survey include

  • Most practices had a specific approach to developmental surveillance and the number of practices performing surveillance continued to increase.
  • There continues to be a significant increase in practices performing autism screening since 2009 when 58.5% answered yes, to 2011 at 76.7% and in 2013 at almost 90%.
  • Across all responses, an increase in earlier referral for diagnosis and treatment for both developmental and autism screenings was noted, as the “within two weeks” category for referral had increased significantly in the last two years.

Project Contact

Sara Barry, MPH