Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Political Science

First Committee Member

David Fott

Number of Pages



The topic of autism has been gradually emerging as a primary focus for research, education, charities, etc. Much of the attention has been centered on children; however, the subject of adults with autism has long been overlooked. Adults with autism need policy improvements to help gain as much independence in their daily lives as possible. It is the purpose of this thesis to identify deficiencies in service delivery and recommend policies to improve the quality of life of adults with autism. I will utilize a cross-sectional multiple case study design. Three private foundations are utilized as the case studies, along with interviews of elites associated in or around these organizations as well as in state government. Previous literature and policies will be reviewed and integrated into the research garnered from the case studies. Following, the information will be synthesized, using John Kingdon's model of Multiple Streams, into viable policy recommendations.


Adult; Analysis; Autism; Current; Legislation; Policy

Controlled Subject

Political science

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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