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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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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, as some of the online resources may be applicable to residents of other states.


Justice Resource Collection

Since 2014, the ASERT Collaborative has trained over 5,800 Justice System Professionals. In an effort to increase the knowledge base and awareness of ASD, ASERT offers free trainings that are tailored to the specific audience. ASERT has also created various resources for Justice System Professionals that coincide with the training and these resource can be found here:

Signs of Autism: For Justice System Professionals

This visual resource was developed by ASERT for justice system professionals to use as a reference guide when working with individuals with autism.

Common Presentations of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): How Police Officers Can Safely Respond

This guide provides some of the most common presentations of ASD with suggestions on how you can safely respond as a police officer.

Judge's Guide to Autism: A reference guide for justice system professionals

The Judge's Guide to Autism is intended to service as a resource for judges involved with criminal justice/autism initiatives in their communities.

Justice System Survey Results

Autism has a profound effect not only on individuals but also on their families, government agencies, the educational system, the healthcare system, and beyond. The ASERT collaborative, led by the Eastern Region, conducted a survey of justice system professionals to determine their current autism knowledge and discern their training needs and priorities.

Questions to Ask if an Individual with Autism is Missing

A resource for police officers to use when an individual with autism goes missing. 

The Law, Parts 1-4

"The Law" Social Story details the basics of interacting with the law and what may happen if a law is broken.

Before Court, Parts 1-2

If a person with autism is scheduled to appear in court, the "Before Court" Social Story may help prepare them for what will happen before going to court.

Appearing in Court, Parts 1-3

Appearing in court can be stressful.  The "Appearing in Court" Social Story can help prepare a person with autism by showing them visually what happens in court by taking them through each step of the court process.

Detention Center, Parts 1-2

For many people with autism, change can be very hard.  Being removed from home and placed in a juvenile detention facility is a very big change for anyone.  The "Detention" Social Story helps prepare a person with autism for what will happen in a secure detention facility.

 When to Call 911, Parts 1-2

These social stories were created to help people know when it is appropriate to call 911.

Traffic Stop, What to Expect, Parts 1-2

These social stories were created to describe the various aspects of a traffic stop and what to expect for individuals with autism.

Pat Down Searches, What to Expect

These social stories were created to describe the process of pat down searches and what to expect for individuals with autism.

Police Transport, What to Expect

This social story was created to describe what to expect when transported in a police car.

How to Create a Social Story

This resource is designed to help you create a personalized social story.  Social stories can be used to support individuals with autism in both new and familiar situations.

Justice Interaction Videos

These videos, developed by ASERT, provide information for justice system professionals on how to approach and interact with individuals who have autism. 

Guide to Emergency Information Collection in PA

This guide explains the three main ways that counties in PA collect information for an emergency.

The Juvenile Justice Process

There are many differences between the Juvenile Justice System and the Adult Criminal Justice System. This document shows the Juvenile Justice Process in PA.


Many individuals living with autism have difficulties processing information, processing sensory input, communicating effectively, and responding in socially appropriate ways. Here are some ways to help alleviate those difficulties so that you, the offender, and the community will be S.A.F.E.R.!

Appearing in Court

Strategies for justice system professionals who assist individuals with autism in court appearances.

How to Approach Individuals with Autism

Information sheet that provides tips and suggestions for  justice system professionals on approaching individuals with autism. 

What are They Telling You?

Information sheet that provides tips and suggestions for  justice system professionals on communicating with individuals with autism. 

The National Autistic Society - Criminal Justice

Here you will find information about autistic people, tips for initial police contact, interviews and court appearances, ways that parents and carers can help, and where to find further information and training.

People with Intellectual Disability in the Criminal Justice System: Victims & Suspects

This page has frequently asked questions about how people with intellectual, cognitive or developmental disabilities get involved as both victims and suspects/offenders more often than individuals without disabilities. 

Juvenile Justice Frequently Asked Questions

The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) has created a list of frequently asked questions on juvenile justice. 

Autism Information for Law Enforcement and Other First Responders

This resource from Autism Society serves as guidance for police officers and other first responders to recognize the signs of autism and shares effective ways to approach a person with autism. 

Interacting with Law Enforcement

This resource from Autism Speaks provides tips and shares advice about how to interact with law enforcement. 

Information for Law Enforcement

This resource from Autism Speaks provides tips and shares advice for law enforcement officials to use when interacting with individuals with autism. 

Other Autism Resources

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