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Seeking an Autism Diagnosis

IMG_0017Accessing the employment supports for autistic adults provided by the Frist Center for Autism and Innovation may be easier if you have a formal diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. And in some cases, adults with an existing diagnosis may need a recent report signed by a licensed and certified professional. 

The reasons to pursue a formal diagnosis include personal validation, workplace accommodation, access to government resources, improvement of relationships, and much more. This TennesseeWorks blog post by Frist Center Associate Director Dave Caudel delves more into why you might decide to look for a formal diagnosis!

An ongoing research study by Frist Center Fellow Tiffany Woynaroski, PhD, CCC-SLP, may be able to provide you with a free diagnostic evaluation. To be eligible for this research study, participants must be at least 18 years-old and either suspect that they may have autism spectrum disorder or have been previously diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. 

This research study has two components. First, you will be asked to complete a brief screening phone call lasting approximately 30 minutes. During the phone call, we can help you determine your eligibility by discussing your personal history, including your experiences with the features of autism and your medical history. After the screening phone call, you may be asked to complete a series of questionnaires and surveys about yourself and a full diagnostic appointment lasting approximately three hours, during which time you will talk with a trained clinician and complete standardized assessments. There are no anticipated risks to you, and you may not benefit directly from your participation in this research study, though you will have the opportunity to request a report of your study results. 

For more information about participating in this research study or if have questions about your eligibility, please contact Jacob Feldman by email at or by phone at (615) 936-5470.