Center for Leadership in Disability Awarded $600,000 HRSA Grant to Improve Services for Georgia’s Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder


ATLANTA—Georgia State University’s Center for Leadership in Disability (CLD) is pleased to announce the award of a two-year $600,000 implementation grant from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The funding will support CLD in implementing the Autism Plan for Georgia (APG) with community partners with the goal of improving services for children and youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the state of Georgia..

In preparing for this project, CLD worked with an Autism Advisory Council comprised of key stakeholders from across Georgia. The resulting APG addresses priorities of increased awareness of ASD among families, providers and the general public; enhanced access and coordination of services and supports across the lifespan; and improved awareness and utilization of effective practices in serving children and youth with ASD.

Dr. Daniel Crimmins, CLD Director, commented, “We are very excited to receive this grant award. The health and well-being of children, youth, and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their families depends on the availability of family-centered and culturally competent services in our communities. This implementation funding is critical for a variety of reasons. It will assist us in continuing to convene our partner organizations and agencies. Together we will identify and address our shared goals of disseminating resources and effective practices to service providers, educators, and families across Georgia.”

For more information on the Autism Plan for Georgia visit

The Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State University is one of 67 University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services across the country.  Since 2008, it has been housed within the Center for Healthy Development and the School of Public Health at Georgia State. Its mission is to translate research into sustainable community practices that contribute to independent, self-determined, inclusive, and productive lives for people with disabilities and their families.




Maria Pinkelton
Center for Leadership in Disability
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