Ohio State offers specialized primary care services for teens and adults who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and other complex disabilities.

The Center for Autism Services and Transition (CAST), located at OSU Internal Medicine & Pediatrics at Hilliard, provides adult care for patients diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and support for those who are transitioning from pediatric to adult care. This primary care program of Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center is unique in central Ohio and rare nationwide. 

Individuals with autism are a complex patient population with a wide range of medical, psychological, social and community needs. Many medical experts in the field of autism, such as developmental pediatricians, treat only children and teenagers. Experts in adult medicine, such as internists, may not have the experiences or resources to provide a similar level of care. The unfortunate result is that people with autism often disconnect from ongoing medical care in their late teens and early 20s.

At our Hilliard outpatient facility, a teen or adult with autism can access multiple services in a single setting. All physicians are skilled and experienced in providing comprehensive care for patients with autism and related, often complex, healthcare needs. Visits can be personalized to meet each patient’s needs.

Available Services

Available Services

Available Services

  • Primary Care physicians, board certified in Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, to care for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders
  • Consultative support for adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders to prepare them for greater success in all medical settings and to identify beneficial community resources
  • Social worker dedicated to helping patients locate services and opportunities that support their medical and emotional health and greater participation in work and community life
  • Clinical pharmacist for consultation on medication regimens and medication monitoring
  • Help identifying specialty services that are comfortable working with people with disabilities and care coordination with other care providers, as needed
  • Secure electronic communication methods available for those that have difficulty with telephone communication
  • In-office blood draws during patient visits for greater patient comfort and convenience
  • Education and support to help patients achieve a higher level of independence and responsibility for their own health, including medication compliance and making/keeping appointments

Personalized Approach

Personalized Approach

Personalized Approach

Visits can be personalized to avoid crowded or noisy waiting rooms, avoid long waits or adapt other aspects of care that are troublesome for the patient. Our services are designed to make independent living and success at school and work more attainable and less worrisome. 

For information or an appointment, call 614-688-9214 or 614-688-9220.

Learn more about autism and mental and behavioral health care at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center.

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Since 1987, the number of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has skyrocketed more than 1,100 percent. According to recent statistics, the U.S. spends $11.5 billion dollars a year on everything from educational programs to medical therapies for children with ASD. But what happens when these children become adults? “Unfortunately, they often get lost,” said Dr. Christopher Hanks of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. “For children, the care is fairly structured around them, but as they move into the adult-based care settings, these patients can really struggle and all too often are forgotten,” said Hanks. 

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