Participation in New Jersey’s Early Intervention Program (EIP) from 2006 through 2016 by children with autism was lower among those in low-income communities. About 41.1% of children with autism living in areas designated as “poverty areas” participated in EIP compared to 48.0% of children with autism in non-poverty areas. A poverty area is defined as one where more than 20% of residents have income below the federal poverty level. Minority children also had low EIP participation rates, as follows: Hispanic children were between 23% and 39% less likely to participate in EIP than . . .
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