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What is AR ADDM?

What have we learned?

Identified Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Arkansas – Year by Year

What is AR ADDM doing currently?

What can we do with this information?

For more information:

What services and support resources are available in Arkansas?

Who are our UAMS AR ADDM staff?


What is AR ADDM?

Arkansas Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (AR ADDM) is a program funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to estimate the number of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities living in Arkansas.  AR ADDM uses surveillance methods modeled after CDC’s Metropolitan Atlanta Developmental Disabilities Surveillance Program (MADDSP).  The program includes investigators with UAMS and operates in collaboration with the Arkansas Department of Health and the Arkansas Department of Education to track the number and characteristics of children with ASD.


What have we learned?

An estimated one in 77 Arkansas children (or 1.3 percent) has been identified as having ASD.  This estimate is based on information collected from health and special education records of 8-year-old children living in Arkansas in 2014.  The estimate could be as high as 1 in 64 (1.6 percent), accounting for records that were not located for review.

One in 77 Arkansas Children Has Autism Spectrum Disorder, Says New CDC/UAMS Report April 27, 2018

Article: Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among Children Aged 8 Years — Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 11 Sites, United States, 2014

Community Report: 2018 Community Report from the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network


We invite you to explore the interactive maps and graphs CDC offers with the new Autism Data Visualization tool.  The data presented through this online tool come from four different federal data sources and highlight changes over time in reported ASD prevalence estimates and in the characteristics of children identified with ASD.


Identified Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Arkansas – Year by Year

Click the tracking year for fact sheets with key findings and resources.

Surveillance/ Tracking Year Birth Year Arkansas Coverage Prevalence per 1,000 Children This is about 1 in X Children…
2002 1994 All 75 Counties

Health & Education sources

6.9 1 in 145
2008 2000 One County

Health & Education sources

10.5 1 in 95


2002 All 75 counties

Health & Education sources

15.5 1 in 65
2012 2004 16 counties in central Arkansas

Health sources only

12.0 1 in 83


2006 All 75 counties

Health & Education sources in 48 counties

Only Health sources in 27 counties



1 in 77

1 in 64*

*Prevalence (2014) was higher in counties where both health and education sources were reviewed.


What is AR ADDM doing currently?

AR ADDM continues work statewide on tracking year 2016. These data will be published in 2020.

In January 2019, AR ADDM received funding from CDC to continue tracking ASD for 2018, adding 4- and 16-year-olds to the existing tracking of 8-year-olds:  Arkansas Autism Program Receives $2.17 Million in Federal Funding January 17, 2019


What can we do with this information?

AR ADDM’s latest findings can be used to:

  • Promote early identification of ASD (eg, Learn the Signs. Act Early.),
  • Plan for ASD services and training,
  • Guide future ASD research, and
  • Inform policies promoting improved outcomes in health care and education for individuals with ASD.

Stakeholders in Arkansas might consider different ways to lower the age of first evaluation and diagnosis by community providers.


For more information:

CDC Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network

CDC Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Homepage


What services and support resources are available in Arkansas?

First Connections.  Services for children under the age of 3 yearswith developmental delays or disabilities.


Department of Education’s Special Education Unit.  Special education services for school-aged children with disabilities.


Arkansas Autism Resource and Outreach Center.  Support, education, and advocacy for familiesof individuals with ASD.



Dennis Development Center (DDC) and Schmieding Development Center (SDC).  Diagnostic multidisciplinary team evaluations for children presenting with developmental and behavioral concerns. Provides comprehensive developmental assessments of children from birth to 21 years of age.

DDC 501-364-1830       SDC 479-750-0125

CDC’s Learn the Signs. Act Early. Alan Mease, Arkansas’ Act Early Ambassador

Project Connect Resource Guide.  Arkansas resources for families andprofessionals on child development and what to do if there is a concern.

Spotting Autism in Early Child Care Settings.   Training for child care providers on identifyingchildren at risk for being diagnosed with autism, available through Healthy Child Care Arkansas.

Community-Based Autism Liaison and Treatment (CoBALT) Project.  Comprehensive diagnostic assessments, earlyintervention services, and family support.


Who are our UAMS AR ADDM staff?

Principal Investigator: Maya Lopez, M.D..

Project Coordinator: Allison E. Hudson, CRS

Assistant Project Coordinator/Abstractor:  Yvette D. Schwenk, M.S., LPE-I

Abstractors:  Stefanie L. Jernigan, Sandra K. Walker, J. Michelle Cantrell-Kelley


AR ADDM is committed to the highest standards of confidentiality and data security.  Information that could potentially identify individuals is not included in any results, reports or presentations.