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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.

           

Tips for Vacation



As the weather warms up, many families find themselves planning for summer vacations.  Wherever you find yourself traveling this summer, below are some tips to help make your next trip safe and fun for everyone.


  • PLAN: The first step in planning your summer getaway is finding a destination that is just right for your family.  Be sure to think about your family's needs and interests.  If crowds are a problem, look into a vacation during the off-season.  Amusement parks also offer options for guests with special needs to bypass long lines and often provide other accommodations.  Many hotels, resorts, and cruise lines have begun to develop services for families who have children with disabilities.  If you are the parent of children who have special dietary needs, you may want to think about a hotel that offers in-suite kitchens so that you can cook your own meals.
  • PREP: Social stories are a great way to prepare your family for traveling.  The Philadelphia International Airport and Carol Grey developed a social story to help prepare for airport travel, find it here!  It can be helpful to prepare your child by explaining each step of your trip and answering any questions that they have.  You may also want to consider role-playing different scenarios you may encounter on your trip.
  • PACK: When the time comes to leave for vacation, you want to make sure you have all the necessities packed.  For some kids, sleeping in a different bed away from home can be very disruptive.  Packing pillows, blankets, and other familiar items from home can help make the adjustment easier.  Don't forget to pack ID bracelets, IDs, insurance cards, and other documents in case of emergency.  If you child has sensory sensitivities, consider packing headphones or earplugs if you are going to be in loud or busy places.  Lastly, be sure to pack plenty of snacks and activities for the trip.
  • PLAY: Don't forget to enjoy your vacation!  After putting all of the hard work planning, prepping, and packing, your family should be ready to relax and enjoy the trip.



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