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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.

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
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.

           

ASERT Spotlight: Meet Ziggy

1. How did you get involved with ASERT and start blogging for ASDNext?

My autism counselor forwarded an email of a writing opportunity for ASDNext. They were looking for individuals on the spectrum who could share their experiences. They asked me to write about myself, interest and life background for an email-based interview. A few days after my submission I was chosen to be a featured blogger for ASDNext!

2. What are 2 or 3 of the biggest changes you have experienced personally (emotionally and/or functionally) since you were diagnosed with autism and started receiving treatment for it?

The diagnosis of ASD allowed me to have a greater understanding of myself. Even though my diagnosis was in my early 20's, it allowed me to think back to my childhood and understand specific behaviors and sensitivities. Learning that I had the particular condition of ASD allowed me to empower myself because I had an explanation for my actions and thoughts. 

3. What advice would you give someone who has just been diagnosed with autism?

An autism diagnosis doesn't change who you are. The determination of ASD can allow for better understanding of yourself. There also may be things you don't understand--that's okay. Maybe the diagnosis is overwhelming and you need support. Don't be afraid to reach out and utilize resources like ASERT. 

4. What is one thing you wish everyone knew about autism?

I wish more people knew that autism is a spectrum. We're unique individuals with an array of interests, hobbies, and goals. It's important to see someone for who they are, rather than judging them for what they can or can't do. 



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