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healthcare, autism spectrum disorder, ASD, comorbidities, neurotypical




Healthcare innovation has been a pressing topic in public discourse across the United States for centuries. Advances have taken place in several healthcare fields, such as maternal and fetal medicine, cardiology, and surgical specialties; however, healthcare for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (AS □) has not received the same attention and care. A general lack of access to healthcare services, communication barriers, lack of ASD-specific provider training, and the physical healthcare environment all contribute to the inadequate healthcare experiences and services individuals with AS □ receive. As a result, individuals with AS □ not only seek healthcare less frequently for their health concerns but also feel far less confident in their healthcare provider's ability to provide quality care. As a direct result of this inadequate healthcare, the physical well-being and overall quality of life of individuals with autism suffer disproportionately. Improved medical training for healthcare providers and ASD-supporting medical programs may alleviate this issue and address the unique healthcare needs of this population.