Autism Waiver

Autism Waiver

What is the Autism Waiver?
The Autism Waiver is designed to help children with autism spectrum disorder receive specialized services, such as intensive individual support services, therapeutic integration, and residential habilitation.

Who is eligible?
The Autism Waiver serves children who have been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) with more than 15 hours per week of special education and related services. Financial requirements are applied only to the child, who must meet certain income and resources criteria.

How do I receive services?
The waiver is currently full. Interested parents or guardians should contact the Autism Waiver Registry at 866-417-3480. Children who apply to the waiver are referred from the Registry to the Maryland State Department of Education in chronological order when there are waiver vacancies. Email The Arc’s Autism Waiver Coordinator, Sheila Woods, at or call 301-322-8306 (ext. 5502) for more information.

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