Why we’re providing this service:
Over the years, from around the globe, we have received numerous information requests for low-cost autism assessments. Additionally, we have heard from many women, gender non-conforming, and non-binary/genderqueer/trans folx of the barrier of finding an assessor who is trained in gender presentation differences in autism. After input from Autistic individuals, we are delighted to collaborate with qualified and trained providers to offer affordable, respectful autism diagnostic services to Autistics nationally and internationally through a secure virtual platform.
To accompany this new service, we launched a corresponding GRASP Assessment Satisfaction Questionnaire, to formally research the assessment experiences of Autistic adults and how it affected their quality of life. The purpose of this questionnaire is to ask for Autistic adults’ opinions about their personal experiences with providers, the assessment process and questions. The goal is to utilize their insights to build a better, neuro-positive autism assessment process and to provide training to clinicians that is informed by these experiences. To participate in the survey please click on the title above or here, https://forms.gle/QrDfhSfX3Muw9iEt6.
How the process works:
To ensure we are considerate of your needs, the assessment process is scheduled in several sessions: initial consultation, diagnostic testing, and follow-up discussion of our findings. During your initial consultation session the provider will go over in detail what to expect during the process and address any questions or concerns you may have. Breaks are automatically built into the testing day with the aim of making the process more comfortable.
How we make it affordable:
The cost for the full assessment process is $750; this includes the sessions and a report of our findings. We also offer payment plan options and a sliding scale based on financial need. Once your first session has been scheduled, a non-refundable deposit of $250 is required to hold your assessment spot.
The next step:
You can request more information or let us know you’d like to schedule your first session through our contact page. Please see below for answers to frequently asked questions (FAQS). Once your first session has been set-up, a GRASP team member will discuss payment options. Alternatively, you may make your deposit here and a GRASP team member will get in contact with you.
Reserve your first session by paying here. A GRASP team member will get in contact with you to set-up your session(s).
Frequently Asked Questions:
Virtual appointments- how will that work?
One will need a laptop or a computer, a secure internet connection, and if possible a second camera or mobile phone. We will meet over Zoom, which is a secure and HIPAA compliant platform. Zoom is free to use and utilizes video and audio. Your webcam and microphone will need to be enabled for the sessions, however non-speaking clients may communicate by solely typing or using AAC. If you have a second phone or webcam, we may ask you to set it up for specific assessments on the testing day.
Can I use my health insurance?
We are currently unable to accept health insurance, however, you may use health savings account (HSA) funds. If you choose to use HSA funds, we suggest getting a letter of need from your primary care doctor to document the use of the funds.
Is this an official diagnosis?
Can this diagnosis be used in the United States for social security disability, state services, and workplace accommodations?
Yes, in most situations. Contact us to discuss your specific needs.
Can this diagnosis be used in other countries to access services and resources?
Contact us to discuss your location and specific needs.