Interagency Partnerships/Initiatives:The Autism Task Force and Report

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) convened an Autism Task Force in November of 1998 to address the issues and challenges related to providing services to young children with Autism. The Autism Task Force is the first group of its kind in the United States. Members of the Task Force included parents of children with Autism, early intervention and preschool special education professionals, behavior specialists, a developmental pediatrician, and other experts in the field. For over two years, the Task Force met to review and discuss current research and service delivery options, hear from experts, and develop recommendations for service delivery to children with Autism in Maryland.

Data from the resulting report, Service Delivery Recommendations for Young Children with Autism, is cited throughout this website. The report provides best practice recommendations regarding early intervention approaches for young children on the Autism spectrum. MSDE has widely disseminated this report, and its recommendations are being utilized by local infants and toddlers programs and local education agencies in planning programs and services for children with Autism and their families.

For additional information, please see:

Service Delivery Recommendations for Young Children with Autism (PDF)

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