Many children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are able to get support from programs funded through their state or county. Some examples are financial help, education support, medical care, job skills training, and residential or living services. Some supports are available to all children because of federal laws, such as a free public education, including special education if needed. Other public benefits are based on need, such as financial or how serious the disability is. Most children with ASD, especially those who also have intellectual disability, will qualify for these benefits.

Funding for community-based supports has gone up over the past 30 years, but states put different amounts of money into these services. Some states have policies and funding to be sure that most children with disabilities, including ASD, live in family settings. Others fund state facilities, community-based homes, and other places where people with ASD might live away from...

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