We connect families, individuals, educators, researchers and many others so that we can share and learn from each other.
The Center is a place of discovery. Our current research and evidence-based resources are available to everyone.
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The Montana Autism Center exists to connect, discover and support. We connect families, individuals, educators, researchers and many others so that we can learn from each other. The Center is place of discovery. Current research and evidence-based resources are made available to a variety of audiences. We support visitors with the information they need to make informed and solid decisions.
The Montana Autism Center concentrates on the lifespan needs of Montanans with ASD, their families, and those who serve and support them. The emergence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is at epidemic levels. But, ASD is an education, health, community 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 proactively help individuals, families and professionals thrive in this age of ASD.
The Montana Autism Center is a collaboration between the University of Montana’s Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences, and the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities. Funding is provided through a variety of sources focused on improving the quality of life of people with disabilities, their families and those who serve and support them.
The Montana Autism Center was developed in response to a pressing need. Conservative population-based prevalence data (1 in 59 children - https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/data.html) suggests that there should be just over 3,000 Montanans with autism under the age of 18 (1 in 42 boys; 1 in 189 girls). According to the most current data, approximately 2,000 children with ASD in Montana aren’t identified. Data for Montana’s adults with ASD is limited to nonexistent.