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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.


Early Intervention Resource Collection

This group of resources provides information on what Early Intervention services are, who is eligible for them, how to access services and more. 

Early Intervention Services

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) website describing Early Intervention Services, which are available for children birth to age five who have developmental delays and disabilities. The fact sheet has a brief summary of services.

Early Intervention in PA

This guide for parents from Pennsylvania Early Intervention is designed to help parents understand the types of services that are available for their child. Early Intervention in Pennsylvania consists of services and supports designed to help families with children who have developmental delays.

Importance of Early Intervention

This fact sheet from the National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center describes the reasons that early intervention is important.

A Family Guide to Inclusive Early Learning in Pennsylvania

A family guide to inclusive early learning in Pennsylvania produced by the Education Law Center (ELC).

Accessing Early Intervention Services

County Based Behavioral Health, Intellectual Disabilities, and Early Intervention Services

Behavioral Health, Intellectual Disabilities, and Early Intervention programs are offered at the county level as a way to help you access a variety of government and community-based programs. The county office determines a person's eligibility for service funding and assigns a supports coordinator. 

Intermediate Units

Intermediate Units in Pennsylvania provide specialized services to groups of local school districts to help make those specialized services more accessible and affordable. Many disability and special education services may be offered at an Intermediate Unit rather than in your child’s school building. The majority of the programs offered by Intermediate Units are supported by federal, state or district contributions.

Early Intervention in Philadelphia

Early Intervention (EI) is a free service and support for families who have a child or children 0 - 5 years old with developmental delays. Services can take place at home, preschool, day care or Elwyn site. These programs are funded by the Office of Child Development and Early Learning. Services are only available for those who qualify. Download the informational handout below to learn more.

CONNECT Helpline

If your child is birth to five and has disabilities or developmental delays, CONNECT Helpline's Early Intervention services can provide access to as many opportunities as possible to help them reach their promise.


ChildLink/Philadelphia County provides service coordinators who help children, from birth to age three residing in Philadelphia who have developmental delays or disabilities, and their families obtain supports and services.

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