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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is defined by the CDC as a developmental disorder within the brain5. Throughout the nation, 1 in 36 children experience ASD, boys being four times more prevalent than girls. ASD has nonbehavioral effects such as gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, seizures, or sleep disorders, amongst many other mental side effects1. Recent studies have associated a lack of resources with feelings of isolation, difficulty in accomplishing daily activities, and many more negative impacts for individuals with ASD. As ASD is lifelong, we want to facilitate a smooth transition into adulthood as there are limited resources in DC for young adults with autism. Due to the disproportionate number of resources in Wards 7 and 8, the location of a local library is best to incorporate more sites in the most impacted wards. Wards 7 and 8 have a majority of brown and black population who are more susceptible to an ASD diagnosis.

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T2 DC: Transitional Support for Adolescents with ASD

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