This issue brief provides a basic overview of useful information for respite providers who work with individuals and families affected by Autism. It is also meant to assist Lifespan Respite grantees and their collaborators by increasing their understanding of the unique needs of this population and their family caregivers. Such insight and direction will help State Lifespan Respite programs and others develop strategies to increase respite quality, access, and capacity for this population through partnerships with community-based services and enhanced provider recruitment and training efforts. It is also intended to offer resources for family caregivers seeking to expand respite opportunities for themselves and others.

If you are a family caregiver, you may find this fact sheet helpful: Nine Steps to Respite for Family Caregivers of Children and Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

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