Ohio is Raising the Bar
"For the past 9 years, Ohio’s Interagency Work Group on Autism, has worked to coordinate Ohio’s efforts to ensure Ohioans with autism spectrum disorder have the necessary system of supports across their lifespan.This coordinated effort has resulted in the development of ASD Strategies in Action. Their hard work has provided help and hope for many Ohioans."
– John Martin, Director
Department of Developmental Disabilities
What is the Interagency Work Group on Autism (IWGA)?
Under the leadership of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, the state Interagency Work Group on Autism (IWGA) was convened in January 2008. The work group continues to meet to improve the coordination of the state's efforts to address the service needs of individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families.
Responding to Autism Across State Systems
How is the IWGA Working for Ohioans?
Working Together Across Agencies, Across the State, Across the Lifespan
Ohio has a rich and long-standing history of addressing autism spectrum disorders (ASD), driven by a strong network of individuals, families and advocates. Today, the state’s response to autism is coordinated in a concentrated effort to move policy to action.This is possible through Ohio’s IWGA, a multi-agency collaborative effort, with leadership from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities and OCALI. Informed by individuals, families and stakeholders, IWGA meets monthly to review state policies, learn from current research and data, share learning and identify opportunities to better communicate and coordinate autism policy. A hallmark of the IWGA’s efforts is the creation of an innovative, free, online video training series, ASD Strategies in Action, now being used by more than 10,000 people across Ohio, giving them practical ways to care for and support loved ones with ASD, from early childhood through young adulthood.