Accessing Healthcare: The Experience of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Maine
Previous research has revealed that children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are significantly more likely to have unmet healthcare needs than those with other disabilities. In addition, they are more likely to have difficulty accessing primary or specialized medical care. Minority status, living in a rural location, and low income can exacerbate these disparities. Other obstacles to effective healthcare for individuals with ASD include the following: (1) severity of symptoms associated with ASD; (2) lack of knowledge or skill by medical practitioners; (3) lack of access to comprehensive healthcare supports or a medical home; and (4) lack of access to health insurance for needed supports and services. Individuals with ASD of all ages are likely to have a range of other medical and psychological conditions, making the need for comprehensive healthcare imperative.
Kurtz, A., Schickle, A., Carr, M., Bragdon-Morneault, M., Russell, S., Rainey, D., Downs, J., & Cronin, N. (2014). Accessing healthcare: The experience of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Maine. Orono: University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies.