Autism Prevalence Assessment
Along with other community partners, the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation
has invested significant resources to understand the scope and prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder in our communities.
In January 2017, The Kronkosky Charitable Foundation partnered with CI: Now to learn more about area adults with autism spectrum disorder and other intellectual/developmental disabilities. In the initial two-to three-month exploratory phase, CI: Now will work with (Autism Lifeline Links), area service providers, adults with ASD/IDD and their families, and advocate to begin to understand d the number, strengths, and needs of this population as well as key policies, funding streams, and workforce capacity issues affecting our region’s ability to meet their needs effectively.
We also invested in identifying the gaps in service and resources affecting autism treatments in our area. Specifically, the Foundation commissioned an assessment and longitudinal study detailing the current supply of and demand for professional subspecialties serving individuals on the autism spectrum.
This is the first time our community has had a truly granular understanding of both the prevalence of and the services available to deal with autism in our community.
The study was undertaken by Capital Healthcare Planning, a multi-service consulting firm with expertise in many aspects of healthcare planning, based in Houston, Texas. This work began late October 2015 and involved an extensive process of blending subjective and quantitative data to provide a greater understanding of the challenges faced by families living with autism in the San Antonio CBSA. The Kronkosky Charitable Foundation is pleased to share the results of this study as a community resource for the four counties it serves (Bexar, Bandera, Comal, Kendall).
The Foundation believes this data can connect social and economic issues and support the development of a more robust service delivery system by:
• Highlighting the economic impact of autism in San Antonio and Bexar County
• Identifying pathways to increase the density of professionals and para-professionals who can provide services to families living with autism
• Initiating conversations with higher education institutions to expand their curriculum to support professional development in areas where deficiencies lie
• Involving the school districts, higher education, and corporate partners in developing vocational and other support programs for young adults transitioning out of school
• Identifying opportunities to increase employment opportunities for individuals on the autism spectrum and enhance economic development for our community at the same time
• Informing programming decisions to relieve gaps in housing and other adult services
• Informing the development of a cohesive policy agenda for Bexar County
To read the full report click on the link below. Enter Kronkosky as the account name (you may leave the password blank)
Read the Study Results