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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.

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Pennsylvania Bureau of Autism Services

Bureau of Autism Services Mission Statement

The mission of the Bureau of Autism Services (BAS) is to develop and manage services and supports to enhance the quality of life of Pennsylvanians living with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and to support their families and caregivers. The Bureau will carry out its mission through the creation and administration of adult service delivery models, the development of resources to support individuals with autism and their families across the lifespan and by collaborating with and providing technical assistance to other Department of Human Services (DHS) offices and government agencies.

Bureau of Autism Services Values

  • Support those living with autism throughout the lifespan
  • Support those living with autism across the spectrum
  • Support families of individuals living with autism
  • Every person living with autism can have an improved quality of life given the right supports delivered by trained staff
  • Increased independence and self-sufficiency of individuals living with autism
  • Explore innovative, collaborative models of service delivery
  • Professional and program accountability

Long-term Goals

The Bureau of Autism Services has identified long-term goals to help it carry out its mission.

  • Improve the quality of life and increase the independence of Pennsylvanians living with autism
  • Continue the development and refinement of the Bureau's evidence-based and outcome-driven programs
  • Increase the size of the Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) and Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) in response to the exponential growth of adult Pennsylvanians with autism
  • Support families and caregivers by providing information and resources

Key Objectives

The Bureau of Autism Services has identified key objectives to help it carry out its mission and attain its goals.

  • Establish standards for and increase the capacity of qualified providers of services through training and technical assistance
  • Develop programmatic and policy changes to address critical issues identified by the statewide autism needs assessment
  • Collaborate with other systems supporting children and adults with autism to better leverage scarce resources
  • Increase the size of the Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) and Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) in response to the exponential growth of adult Pennsylvanians with autism

Bureau of Autism Services Website

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