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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.

ASERT Project Featured in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

Statewide First Responders and Emergency Responders Training

The aim of this project is to provide trainings on approaches to individuals with autism in emergency situations. ASERT has developed a series of educational materials targeted at emergency medical services and emergency department personnel on the characteristics of ASD, the challenges this condition poses to patients and their health care providers in the pre-hospital and acute care settings and methods for improving the interaction between the same during times of crisis. This effort includes participation in statewide conferences, development of a video and manual in collaboration with the PA Department of Health for EMT training, and a video and manual to train emergency room personnel. Data analysis pre- and post-training, obtained through EMS and Nurses training workshops, suggests that these materials and the ASERT training sessions are effective in accomplishing the above objectives. The next steps will be to disseminate these educational products to a variety of audiences and institutions and evaluate their long-term effectiveness in improving emergency care of individuals with ASD. Click the link below to view an article published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders about this project.
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