Project AutTrain: Health Care Access for Adults with Autism
In the next decade, over half a million children with autism will move into adulthood with many being non-verbal and facing increased health risks and with few medical professionals available to understand their unique needs. Pediatricians have been trained on the signs of autism in order to encourage early diagnosis and intervention, however, physicians and other medical professionals who work with adults have received virtually no education. This project will build a group of professional trainers from the UCLA Medical Center Faculty and other UCLA organizations, regional center experts, therapists, parents, and autistic adults. This group will provide training to medical professionals and students on issues of physical and mental health, sexuality, health care delivery, and communication related to adults with autism. The project will be led by the Autism Society of Los Angeles, a leader for over four decades in the areas of professional training, skills building, and advocacy recognized both locally and nationally.
The only way to get this grant is through a voting process with the top four vote-getters winning. We are reaching out to you as a self-advocate, family member, or professional in the field to help ASLA win this critical grant.
Thank you so much for your time to help ensure good health outcomes for adults with autism.