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Autism Workgroup


The Autism Workgroup is an ad hoc of the Governor's Council. The group meets frequently in-person and via teleconference. Members include parents of individuals with disabilities, service providers, self advocates, public community members, and others involved in agencies that provide Autism services to people in Alaska. The Purpose of the workgroup is to develop a shared plan and common set of priorities, foster coordination and communication, and optimize available talent and resources to make positive and lasting improvements tot he Autism continuum of care in Alaska.

What does the Autism Workgroup do?

The workgroup works on priority issues and activities related to improving early screening, diagnosis, and outcomes; increasing access to comprehensive, coordinated care for children and youth with Autism; and addressing the unique issues for adults experiencing Autism. The workgroup members may be involved in conducting:
  • research
  • planning
  • monitoring
  • advocacy

The workgroup strives to support the development of a service delivery system that includes Autism-specific intervention and service delivery to meet the needs of individuals who experience Autism and their families across the lifespan.

Committee Members

Heidi Haas, Chair
Margaret Lanier Kossler, Co-chair
Amanda Lofgren
Amy Sundheim
Annette Blanas
Deb Etheridge
Donald Enoch
Mary Elam
Chris Saddler
Dr. Matthew Hirschfeld
Caroline Hogan
Jill Burkert
Jimael Johnson
Laurie Thomas
Mallory Hamilton
Maureen Harwood
Marueen McGlone
Patrick Pillai
Philip D. Tafs
Rebekah Morisse
Reta Sullivan
Stephanie Wrightsman-Birch
Veronica Howard
Christie Reinhardt, Staff