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Lisa Croen discusses autism in adults

30 April 2014
The Presenter

Lisa Croen

Director, Autism Research Program, Kaiser Permanente

On 30 April, Lisa Croen presented findings from her investigation of a large population of adults with autism. She broke down the frequencies of co-occurring medical conditions in this well-characterized population, and patterns of healthcare usage.

She also suggested how these data can help to improve the lives of individuals with autism transitioning into adulthood. Croen is director of the Autism Research Program at Kaiser Permanente, a healthcare consortium based in Oakland, California.

You can watch a complete replay of the webinar above.

Use the comments section below to submit questions we didn’t have time to discuss during the Q&A session or to pose follow-up questions for Croen.


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  • RA Jensen

    I missed the presentation but was able to listen the next day. I know that Kaiser looks at the children and adults within the Kaiser network. How has Covered California worked to identify and cover people with ASD who had no insurance coverage before the ACA and when will you be able to measure the success of Covered California in reaching out to the previously uninsured, especially adults with ASD. Success? I hope so.

  • Marian O’Brien

    Can you make the slides available? Thank you.

    • gregboustead

      Hi Marian,

      We currently don’t distribute the actual slides; sharing the slides is at the discretion of the presenter. The complete replay (above), however, will remain freely available as an archive on our site for reference and sharing with colleagues.

      Thanks for participating in the webinar,

  • Michael Baron, MBE

    I was one of the 6 founders of the UK National Autistic Society in 1962 and a parent of a 57 year old man. I am writing a chapter with my daughter (Ex BBC documentary producer etc of TV film The Autism Puzzle in 2003. I have a particular interest in ageing and autism and have given several talks on the issues (as has my daughter on related sibling issues). I am in Oakland with my partner over Xmas next. Any chance of a meeting ?

  • Michael Baron, MBE


  • James Fahey, Aspergers Victoria (Australia)

    Pity that antipsychotic usage was not broken down into typical and atypical. Since the data shows the use of antipsychotics is around three times the rate of those who actually report psychosis, I’m surprised it was not seen worthwhile to question the numbers taking atypical antipsychotics off-label for non-psychotic conditions. Not delineating the various diagnoses (ASD, Asperger’s, Autistic Disorder) is also unhelpful, as, while there may be similarities, there are also considerable differences in behaviours (amongst other things) between these groups.


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