Expand pool of evaluators competent to diagnose autism and related developmental disabilities.
- Objective 1a: Coordinate efforts with the Georgia Chapter of the AAP, Georgia AFP, and Georgia-based colleges, universities, and medical schools, to promote awareness of the shortage of qualified evaluators. This may increase the number of students, residents/fellows, trainees, and early career professionals interested in entering the field.
- Objective 1b: Partner with medical residency and other professional programs to encourage training in differential diagnosis.
- Objective 1c: Work with the Georgia Departments of Community Health and Public Health to ensure a pool of providers trained in autism who accept Medicaid.
Create a family-centered information clearinghouse that outlines the components of an effective evaluation and provides information on where to go to obtain one.
- Objective 2a: Expand Parent to Parent of Georgia’s Concern Guide and begin linking families to this information.
Increase the cultural competence of providers and organizations so that families from diverse cultural, racial, and ethnic backgrounds have a range of options and feel comfortable in the referral and diagnostic process.
- Objective 3a: Through training and awareness campaigns, enhance the communications skills of providers to discuss issues related to autism diagnosis and intervention options in a culturally competent manner.
- Objective 3b: Utilize scholarship or grant programs to increase the number of providers from culturally diverse backgrounds.
- Objective 3c: Encourage conference planners and organizers to include content on cultural and linguistic competence.