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Screening and identification

People who have autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may experience a range of characteristics and symptoms. Some people may have noticeable characteristics, others may not. Autism may be identified as early as 18 to 24 months, but can be diagnosed at any age. Screening and identification will help increase access to services and supports.

Why is early identification or obtaining a medical diagnosis important?

  • To gain access to funding and services: Having a formal medical/ clinical diagnosis opens up the door to accessing services and reducing financial burden.
  • To help others better understand how to support the person: Understanding how a person thinks and learns may help parents, teachers, co-workers and others understand better ways to communicate with the person, what supports they might need and what their strengths are.
  • To help you better understand what supports you might need and how to advocate for yourself.
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