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Autism-Friendly Health System Initiative


The Autism Friendly Health System Initiative (AFHSI) was inspired by the needs of patients, families, and staff. At Rady Children’s Hospital, the AFHSI has implemented a variety of interventions including:

  • Customization of patient visits through the use of the Autism Friendly Questionnaire (AFQ).
  • Training staff and clinicians on proactive and reactive strategies.
  • Adapting the environment and using autism tool kits.
  • The implementation of the AFHSI follows a program evaluation framework to assess the acceptability and adoptability of our interventions in real-time.
  • We also rely on engagement and feedback from key stakeholders in our community.




Download Questionnaire (AFQ)

The purpose of this questionnaire is to provide information to your child’s care team so that they can partner with you to create a more comfortable experience for your child.

When completed, bring this to your next appointment with your medical provider. If you have any questions, please email

Note: You can also complete this questionnaire through MyChart.