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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.

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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.

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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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The Autism Services, Education, Resources & Training Collaborative (ASERT) is pleased to announce the release of the Pennsylvania Autism Census Update. The original Pennsylvania Autism Census released in 2009 identified almost 20,000 individuals with autism receiving services across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The 2014 Pennsylvania Autism Census Update now estimates that there are over 55,000 children and adults with autism receiving services, which is almost triple the number initially identified. The study found that the number of individuals with autism receiving services in all age groups has increased tremendously since the original census study was released. It also found that adults with autism receiving services were the fastest growing group in Pennsylvania. This dramatic upward trend is expected to continue.

The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP), Bureau of Autism Services (BAS) is pleased to offer two videos that provide information about Pennsylvania’s Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) and Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP). The Programs for Adults with Autism video provides a brief overview of the key features of two programs in Pennsylvania that are specifically designed for adults 21 and older with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This 20 minute video provides general information about program features, services, eligibility criteria, and the application process. The How to Apply for the Adult Autism Waiver video provides a detailed walk-through of the application process for Pennsylvania’s Adult Autism Waiver (AAW). This 23 minute video describes the process from the time an application is requested through enrollment. A supplemental handout with specific timeframes is posted along with the video as an additional resource. Both videos are closed-captioned in English and Spanish.

The purpose of these regional feedback meetings is to discuss how we can improve knowledge and understanding of community supports and help people gain better access to those supports. This will allow individuals with disabilities and older Pennsylvanians the chance to remain in their homes and communities. This meeting is not a public hearing, but rather an opportunity to talk with each other regarding the best ways to help people learn about and obtain long-term community based supports.

Department of Health Ebola Information posted on October 24, 2014

This message from Bev Mackereth, Department of Public Welfare Secretary, provides an update on Pennsylvania's status on Ebola.

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