About 1 in 68 children have been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder
ASDs are almost 5 times more common among boys

Montana Autism Center

The emergence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is at epidemic levels. But, as most would agree, ASD is an education, health and family issue that can be addressed successfully. Several entities at the University of Montana have combined resources with colleagues across Montana and the U.S. to develop a proactive, evidence-based approach to learning about and helping individuals, families and professionals thrive in this age of ASD.

Autism information

Understanding Autism

Information about Autism including Signs and Symptoms, Diagnosing, Treatment and “Early Signs/Milestones” guide based on age.
Autism in Montana

Autism in Montana

University of Montana and Montana State University programs, state policies, waivers and plans.
Autism resources

Helpful Resources

A directory of resources for families, Professionals, Service Providers and information for age-related services offered in Montana.

Autism Research

SparkThe Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities has been asked by our partners at the University of Washington to help them learn more about ASD and what causes it. For additional information on how your family can help, please visit the SPARK website or call 206-987-7917 for questions and assistance. The Rural Institute receives no fee or royalty for Montana participation. Our sole purpose is to share information and to be part of the solution.


Milestone Matters Poster “Track Your Child's Developmental Milestones” helps families learn what to look for in their children as they grow. For brochure copies email to mtautism@mso.umt.edu.

Online Training

Online Training in Autism Spectrum Disorders and Behavior Interventions The OPI Montana Autism Education Project is offering 35 hours of online training in Teaching Procedures (24 hours) and Behavior Interventions (11 hours) to public school staff in Montana who educate students with autism spectrum disorders. The training can be taken for OPI CEUs and ASHA CEUs. New groups start the first week of each month.

Research with Adults Living “Within the Spectrum”

Please consider participating in research focusing on adult experiences living with ASD (including Aspergers). We hope to explore any connections between behaviors, diagnoses, interactions, and experiences in the lives of individuals diagnosed within the spectrum. Interviews will be conducted online through a program called Qualtrics, and will consist of 45 questions. If you are an adult who has been diagnosed, please take the time answer our questions.


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