*Maryland: Higher rates of autism than the national average

July 21, 2017, The Bay (Maryland): MSDE Announces Expansion of Maryland Autism Waiver BALTIMORE – Maryland’s Autism Waiver program has been expanded to provide services and supports to an additional 100 children living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in communities across the State. Governor Larry Hogan’s fiscal year 2018 budget included $2.2 million in added funding to support the 100 new slots. The new budget year, which began this month, brings State funding for the Waiver to $21.6 million, and a total of 1,100 slots for Waiver services. The Autism Waiver is administered by the MSDE and Maryland Department of Health. … • An average of one in 68 children in the United States are diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder • In Maryland, rates are higher than the national average, with one in 55 children in the State diagnosed with autism.