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The ASERT Resource Center serves as Pennsylvania’s leading source for up-to-date and accurate information and resources for individuals with autism, their families, the community and the professionals who support them. Contact the ASERT resource center to speak with a resource specialist who can help you learn how to discover and access resources in Pennsylvania. The resource center is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

When should I contact the Resource Center?

If you have additional questions about information you found on or would like to invite an outreach specialist to attend an event, conference, or support group, someone at the resource center can assist you.

Be sure to visit the following pages below here on to find helpful information. If you still have additional questions, contact the Resource Center.

By phone
M-F 8:00am to 5:00pm EST

Are you located outside of Pennsylvania?
The ASERT resource center is focused on specific resources in Pennsylvania. If you are in another state, the resources specialists will not be able to help you. Please visit the resources section of, as some of the online resources may be applicable to residents of other states.

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    Pennsylvania Autism Census Update

    In 2005, the Bureau of Autism Services within the PA Department of Human Services commissioned an administrative census of the number of individuals with autism receiving services in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Autism Census found almost 20,000 Pennsylvanians with autism receiving services.

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  • What is ASERT?

    What is ASERT?

    The ASERT collaborative is a partnership of medical centers, centers of autism research and services, universities and other providers of services involved in the treatment and care of individuals of all ages with autism and their families.

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A website for Pennsylvanians with autism, their families, communities, and the providers who support them.

A Pennsylvania Bureau of Autism Services initiative. is designed to bring together existing resources for families, providers, and self-advocates, and allow them to access a broad array of information to help meet the needs of those living with or serving people with autism.

PA Autism Census Update Highlights Dramatic Increase in Numbers

In 2005, the Bureau of Autism Services within the PA Department of Human Services commissioned an administrative census of the number of individuals with autism receiving services in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Autism Census found almost 20,000 Pennsylvanians with autism receiving services. The Pennsylvania Autism Census Update used new data from 2011 and found that this number increased to over 55,000 children, adolescents, and adults. Visit the link below to learn more about the updated PA Autism Census, and find data for individual counties using the interactive map.

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  • What is ASERT?

    What is ASERT?

    ASERT, the Autism Services, Education, Resources and Training Collaborative, brings together resources locally, regionally, and statewide.

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  • Autism in PA

    Autism in PA

    Learn about initiatives of the PA Bureau of Autism Services ASERT Collaborative and how their partnership improves the lives of Pennsylvanians with autism.

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    Autism Community

    Stay connected with ASERT to learn about new information and resources as soon as they become available.

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    Autism Resources

    Locate relevant and helpful information for individuals with autism as well as their family members, caregivers, community members, and professionals that support them. Link: autism?

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    Autism Training

    Single training sessions, conferences, and webinars offered by the Bureau of Autism Services, ASERT leadership, service providers, medical facilities and more.

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    Autism Events

    Find out where ASERT will be and learn about special events in your area.

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    Autism News

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ABLE Savings Accounts Soon to be Available in Pennsylvania!

posted: Nov 26, 2015

ABLE Savings Accounts will soon be available in Pennsylvania for children and adults with disabilities! A person qualifies for an ABLE account if he/she has a significant disability diagnosed before the age of 26. The ABLE account can be used just like a savings account, putting money in and taking it out as it is needed. Families and individuals can contribute a max of $14,000 per year (as long as the balance stays below $100,000, benefits will not be affected). Stay informed and learn how to bring ABLE Savings Accounts to PA!   read more

Registration Open for Free Pennsylvania Disability Employment and Empowerment Summit

posted: Oct 15, 2015

The Governor’s Cabinet for People with Disabilities has announced the opening of registration for the Pennsylvania Disability Employment & Empowerment Summit (PADES). The summit aims to bring together employers, related government agencies, service providers, and people with disabilities to discuss challenges, opportunities, case studies of programs of excellence, advancements in adaptive technology, supports, suggestions for systems improvements, and other important topics. This year will feature two events: October 27, 2015, at the Wyndham Grand Downtown in Pittsburgh and November 13, 2015, at Eden Resort & Suites in Lancaster. There will be guest speakers, breakout sessions, a job fair, and much more. Registration for the Pittsburgh session has been extended! Pennsylvania employers will share current information about career opportunities, learn the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities, network with peer businesses that value individuals with disabilities, and conduct interviews with qualified candidates on-site.   read more

ODP Required Training: Supports Coordinators's Conversations with ODP Deputy Secretary Nancy Thaler

posted: Sep 24, 2015

The Office of Developmental Programs is planning four separate webinar calls with Supports Coordinators SC Supervisors to promote an interactive conversation with Deputy Secretary Nancy Thaler. Because there will be preparation, registration questions and other follow-up, attendance at one of the Webinars is required to attain two hours of ODP required training credit. Attendance should be recorded in the SC’s training record. Secretary Thaler will discuss ODP’s vision for the role SCs will play as policies continue to be revised and changed. The SCs are being asked to share their experiences and insights with ODP on the fundamental responsibilities and changes that are needed going into the future so that more emphasis can be given to supporting individuals and their families.  read more

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