Community-based ASD Identification

Oregon's Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Identification Teams work with children under the age of 5 and their families to conduct comprehensive assessments for the identification of autism spectrum disorders. Teams were developed under ACCESS, a grant-funded project administered by the Oregon Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Needs (OCCYSHN) at Oregon Health &Science University. ACCESS stands for Assuring Comprehensive Care through Enhanced Service Systems for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other Development Disabilities. This project was supported by a federal Health Resources &Services Administration grant (HRSA Grant #H6MMC26249), and was funded for the period September 2, 2013 through December 31, 2016.

The ACCESS Project: An Overview (two-page PDF)

The primary goal of the project was to establish a single, valid, and timely process in the local community that determined both educational eligibility for autism services and a medical diagnosis for children up to 5 years of age. The projected supported the building of local medical-education ASD identification teams in alignment with the recommendations of the Oregon Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorders (OCASD) and its subcommittee on Screening, Identification and Assessment. More information on the OCASD's work is available on its website.ASD Identification Teams now serve the following counties: Clatsop, Coos-Curry, Jackson, Josephine, Linn-Benton, Marion-Polk, Union and Wasco. If you're interested in contacting an individual team, email OCCYSHN@ohsu.edu for contact information.


Autism Identification Team Resources and Materials


Professional Development

The following recordings are designed to help prepare new team members for participation on medical-education autism identification teams. The recordings should be reviewed in the order they are posted, since they build upon one another.

ASD Evaluation Resources for Teams


Team-Building Resources


Resources to Give Families 


Marketing the Team's Evaluation Services