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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.

Be sure to visit the following pages below here on to find helpful information. If you still have additional questions, contact the Resource Center.

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The PA Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC) invites you to apply for funding from its Grassroots Grants Program. These grants encourage new ideas which DDC can use in future activities and are intended either to build on work DDC has already done in new places and new circumstances, or “grow” ideas which may lead to larger, statewide, grants in the future. Before making your application you are invited to a Question and Answer conversation with Council staff where you will have an opportunity to present your ideas and get feedback from the Council and fellow applicants. These meetings are intended to help you develop your ideas and test them out against the Council’s knowledge of its past interests and funding decisions.

December Events in Pennsylvania posted on December 3, 2014

If you and your families celebrate Christmas, check out these sensory-friendly holiday events from across the state. If you don’t celebrate Christmas, contact the Resource Center at 877-231-4244 or for help finding holiday events that might work for you or to help identify tools to navigate celebrations of any kind. ASERT would like to connect individuals and families of all faiths and beliefs to events in their area that provide a supportive environment for individuals with autism of all ages. Please advise us of events that you know are happening during the holiday season and throughout the year. You can reach us at 877-231-4244 or

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.

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