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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 PAautism.org 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 PAautism.org to find helpful information. If you still have additional questions, contact the Resource Center.

By phone
M-F 8:00am to 5:00pm EST
1-877-231-4244

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 PAautism.org, as some of the online resources may be applicable to residents of other states.

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    A one-day conference for Individuals (age 17 and older) and Families focusing on Advocacy, Relationships and Building Community will be held on Saturday, September 19 at Lancaster Host Resort and Conference Center in Lancaster, PA. Stay tuned for more information soon.

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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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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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    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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Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

posted: Jul 27, 2015

Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act Twenty-five years ago the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ushered in a new era of increased protections and opportunities for individuals with disabilities. The ADA prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities and guarantees them equal rights. Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) celebrates this milestone and the approximately 1.7 million Pennsylvanians with disabilities whose quality of life it helped improve.  read more

ASERT Partners with Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority

posted: Jul 23, 2015

According to the PA Autism Needs Assessment, caregivers reported difficulty finding providers who understood and could address the needs of individuals, particularly adults, with Autism Spectrum Disorder. These finding align with literature that most general healthcare providers have little knowledge related to the treatment and care needs of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. An analysis of events reported to the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority involving patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder revealed concerns similar to those reported in the needs assessment and the literature. Dr. Arvind Venkat and Dr. Joann Migyanka from ASERT's western region have partnered with the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority in creating awareness of the need to educate healthcare providers in the needs of adults and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Dr. Venkat and Dr. Migyanka participated in a review and analysis of current data from the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority to illustrate ways to improve care for patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the acute care setting.   read more

Registration is Open! BAS Autism Conference for Individuals & Families: Sept. 19th

posted: Jul 22, 2015

Individual and Family Autism Resources & Training Conference For Individuals on the Spectrum (ages 17 & up) and Their Families Advocacy, Relationships & Building Community Saturday, September 19, 2015 Lancaster Host Conference Center 9 am – 5:30 pm REGISTRATION IS OPEN! Registration Deadline: September 8, 2015 This conference is free; there is no registration fee, but pre-registration is required. WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Individuals with autism (ages 17 and up) and their family members, including parents, siblings, spouses, grandparents, and others. ABOUT THE CONFERENCE: This is a FREE one-day conference hosted by the Bureau of Autism Services, Department of Human Services, in collaboration with ASERT. Attendees will participate in a series of four one-hour keynote sessions, and one breakout session. The keynote sessions are designed to provide information that is relevant to everyone who attends. There is also one breakout session designed specifically for individuals with ASD, and one breakout session designed specifically for family members. There will be a Resource Fair open during the entire conference, with a dedicated hour at the end of the day to collect information and speak with the exhibitors. There are a limited number of scholarships available for an overnight stay at the hotel. See the registration form to apply. Deadline for Scholarship Applications: August 12, 2015 Please see the announcement below for more information about the presenters, session topics and the registration process. You may also download the registration form below.  read more

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