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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.

           

Amusement Park Tips

Many families are planning trips and vacations for the summer months ahead. Visiting local amusement parks can be a great way to have fun without spending hours in a car. Pennsylvania has over 10 amusement parks! While these parks are designed for maximum family fun, they can sometimes be overwhelming and stressful to individuals with autism. If your family is planning a trip to any of the parks in PA this summer, consider some of these tips to help make your visit more enjoyable!

 

•Call Ahead:  Many parks offer special programs to individuals with special needs and their families. Often this includes a program that allows individuals to enter rides through the exit to avoid having to stand in long and crowded lines. Even if a park does not offer a specific program, be sure to call ahead to inquire about what accommodations may be available and to gather information to plan your trip.

•Map it Out: Before arriving, be sure to review a map of the park. Be sure to note where things like restrooms and quiet areas are so that you can access them easily when needed.

•Pack Smart: Amusement parks can be loud and chaotic at times. If someone has sensitivities to noises be sure to pack headphones, ear plugs or other items to help them manage the environment. It’s important to note that some places do not allow individuals to wear headphones on rides for safety reasons so be sure to check park policies.

•Go Early or Late: Some parks offer “preview” packages or discounted admissions for arriving later in the day. This not only can be a way to save money, but a way to avoid the crowds. Often these programs target times when there are fewer guests, meaning shorter lines and wait times!


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