AIR-P Presents: The National Autism Indicators Report on Health and Health Care

AIR-P Presents: The National Autism Indicators Report on Health and Health Care


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Thursday, January 21, 2021
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET
Location: Zoom Webinar

Webinar Description:

This webinar presents findings from the recent National Autism Indicators Report: Health and Health Care. This report, the sixth in the National Autism Indicators Report Series produced from the Life Course Outcomes Research Program area at the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, reports indicators of health and health care for autistic people across the lifespan. Topics covered include overall health, health services, medication, insurance, and accessing services. The report combines data from two national surveys about health, one national sample of hospital inpatient stays, and previously published findings from Kaiser Permanente Northern California patient records.

Findings highlight that autistic people have many healthcare needs that are not adequately addressed and needs for non-physical health concerns such as mental health and specialty care are more often unmet. The report also highlights the racial and ethnic disparities that persist in health and healthcare in the US. Economic disparities are also of particular concern in autistic persons, where costly services and insurance inadequacies are common.

Understanding health and healthcare needs across the life course can support recommendations on how to improve health and health care at critical points across a person's life. The purpose of this report is to catalogue indicators to aid in decision making to this end.


Jessica smiling for headshotJessica Rast is a researcher at the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute of Drexel University. She works in the Life Course Outcomes Program Area examining questions about the lives, experiences, and services of autistic people. In her role, she catalogues and analyzes existing national data sources to present a national picture of experiences across life domains and the life span. Much of her work focuses on the transition period from adolescence to adulthood. She is particularly interested in health, health care, and models of health service provision, including examining ways primary care can facilitate mental health care in autistic children and adults. Jessica is part of the health care transitions research node of the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P).