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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.

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
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.

           

Be Safe: Ask, Listen, Respect

Ask, Listen, Respect

This campaign promotes the idea of body autonomy for individuals with disabilities. Many individuals with disabilities require support with intimate areas of their daily life, requiring physical support from family members, caregivers and support staff. An important prevention strategy is teaching individuals that their body is their own, and they have a say in what happens to their bodies. Therefore, ASERT has created a pledge for family members, caregivers, support staff and other professionals to take in order to promote a safe and positive environment for all individuals. 

Pledge

The pledge focuses on three important components:

  • ASK an individual before touching them when providing support. 
  • LISTEN to what the individual says and empower them to make choices about their body. 
  • RESPECT the individual’s choice about their body. 

The second pledge focuses on individuals with disabilities, teaching them the following concepts:

  • People should always ASK me for permission before providing physical assistance. 
  • People should LISTEN to what I tell them when making decisions about my body. 
  • People should RESPECT my choice. 

The full pledge for support staff can be downloaded using the link below. 

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