The purpose of this application is to develop and enhance the capacity of AR ADDM as a CDC ADDM Network site to continue implementing a population-based, multiple-source surveillance program for autism spectrum disorder. This program will monitor the number and characteristics of 4- and 8-year-old children with ASD in Arkansas and describe health and service needs of 16-year-old adolescents with ASD. Stakeholders can use these data to monitor disparities by race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status and to provide data to inform planning for resource and service needs.
AR ADDM’s proposed activities aim to generate progress to achieve the ADDM Network Short-Term (Period of Performance) Outcomes, including: (1) Improved comprehensive collection of multi-source data to estimate ASD prevalence and monitor progress in early identification of ASD among 4- and 8-year-old children. (2) Improved comprehensive collection of multi-source data to describe characteristics of 16-year-old children with ASD. (3) Enhanced partnerships with and dissemination of data to community stakeholders. (4) Improved reliability & efficiency of ADDM Network surveillance.