The Center for Disease Control is estimating that the rates of autism in young children are on the rise and that 1 in every 150 children are diagnosed with Autism. With the help of government funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, more parents are gaining access to online tutorials and general information related to treatment of this disorder.
As a part of the government’s program, the University of Kansas is developing a Research-to-Practice Outreach Training model to teach parents of children with ASD how to implement research-based interventions with their children. These parents are also assigned a telemedicine clinic as a resource for therapy and instructional needs. Registries such as the National Database for Autism Research are playing an important role in locating resources and providing information in the field. For more information on this and other federal telemedicine programs please visit the Federal Telemedicine News site.