Autism Integrated Care Program

Early Intervention Agencies (PA, NJ and DE Residents)

While you are waiting for a clinical evaluation for Autism Spectrum Disorder, contact your local Early Intervention agency or school district to see if your child can be evaluated. While these resources may not provide a diagnosis, you will likely receive an assessment of your child’s individual strengths and areas of need.

The following are state specific information on special education services.

Pennsylvania

Early Intervention (EI): Overseen by the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL).

Who to call for help?

CONNECT Helpline: 1-800-692-7288

Birth to 3 years

3 to 5 years

School age: 5 years of age to high school graduation or age 21 (whichever occurs first) is overseen and funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Please call the CONNECT helpline at 1-800-692-7288 to schedule an evaluation.

New Jersey

Early Intervention (NJEIS): Overseen by the Division of Family Health Services. Serves children ages 0-3 years.

Who to call for help?

When a child turns 3, the NJ Department of Education is responsible for meeting the special education needs of the child. These services are delivered under the direction of the local school district. Services may continue until high school graduation or age 21, whichever occurs first.

Delaware

Early Intervention (EI): Coordinated by the Child Development Watch program in the Division of Public Health. Serves children ages 0-3 years.

Who to call for help?

No charges for assessments; services are billed to family’s insurance company.

When a child turns 3, the Delaware Department of Education is responsible for meeting the special education needs of the child. These services are delivered under the direction of the local school district. Services may continue until high school graduation or age 21, whichever occurs first.

The Delaware Autism Program may be called in to help educate children with autism up to age 21, but a referral must be made by Early Intervention or the relevant school district.

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