About the Project

This map was conceived and designed to help people in Georgia navigate and coordinate autism services. Additionally, it provides an educational tool for those learning about the relationship between structural inequalties and location of autism services across the state of Georgia.

We are unable to vet each service type or service provider in the database, so their presence in this resource is not an endorsement of their efficacy, ethics, or existence. If you have feedback regarding a specific service or provider, please tell us through the feedback link in the sidebar. We will use this information to continue updating the app.

Using the Program

The Autism Services Map is composed of three sections that all interact with each other: the provider search, the provider list, and the demographic information.

Provider Search

The Provider Search tab lets you select the characteristics of providers that are valuable to you as well as the specific services you need.
Your selection will carry through to the other sections, and you can return here to make a new selection.

Transit Access

This map considers service providers within 1/4 mile of a bus or rail stop to be transit accessible. Counties throughout Georgia provide transit services on request through paratransit, which is not considered here because there are no fixed stops or routes. Currently, the map accounts for the following transit providers:

Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA)
Chatham Area Transit (CAT)
Gwinnett County Transit (GCT)

Provider List

The Provider List shows providers matching your search in table form, which can be searched, sorted, and filtered. Clicking "Generate CSV" in the sidebar will download a .csv file with all the providers matching your search, even if you use the filters on the table.

Demographic Information

The Demographic Information tab displays CDC/ATSDR Social Vulnerability Index data at the county and census tract level. You can also overlay the selected provider search data points.

Available Variables

Persons below poverty
Unemployed civilians
Per capita income
Persons 25+ with no high school diploma
Persons aged 65 and older
Persons aged 17 and younger
Civilian with a disability
Single parent households with children under 18
Persons who speak English 'less than well'
Multi-family housing (10+)
Mobile homes
Crowded households
Households with no vehicle available
Persons in group quarters
Series for Socioeconomic theme
Series for Household Composition theme
Series for Minority Status/Language theme
Series for Housing Type/Transportation theme
Overall Series


Professor: Dr. Jennifer Singh

Programming: Freyja Brandel-Tanis

Data Gathering: Freyja Brandel-Tanis, Shristi, Elise Zheng, Dr. Jennifer Singh

Grant funding provided through the Digital Integrative Liberal Arts Center at the Georgia Tech Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts

This program was made using Shiny in R v4.0.5, along with RStudio and MySQL, and is hosted using Shiny Server. The code and full list of packages are available on github.


Citation tags included in parentheses for service data providers.

Parent to Parent of Georgia (p2p)
Autism Speaks* (as)
Autism Society of America* (asa)
Georgia Department of Public Health* (dph)

CDC/ATSDR Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) Data

Transit stop data from OpenMobilityData in General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) format.

* Starred providers are not currently integrated into the live version of the app.

The use of an organization's data is not an endorsement of their practices, vision, mission, or their ability to vet providers. The inclusion of a provider is not an endorsement of their efficacy, ethics, or existence.