What is #ASDNext

Resource Center

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

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.

About #ASDNext

What is #ASDNext?

Getting ready to face the “real” world after high school is a scary and sometimes overwhelming process.  That is where #ASDNext comes in! #ASDNext is an initiative of the Autism Services, Education, Resources and Training (ASERT) Collaborative, a key component of the Bureau of Autism’s strategy for supporting individuals with autism and their families throughout the Commonwealth.

#ASDNext was conceived to help fill the growing need for resources and support to help teens and young adults with autism transition to “adult” life after school. Research has shown that this transition period is extremely difficult for individuals with autism, often resulting in social isolation and high rates of under- or unemployment. Services and supports that were available through school-age years are no longer available and adult service systems often are not well-educated or equipped to support individuals with autism. This is where #ASDNext hopes to help fill some of that gap!

young woman with phone group of friends in the background#ASDNext is a place to connect with other teens, young adults, families and community members. Through blogs written by young adults on the spectrum to social media accounts, the idea is to allow individuals to interact with each other while gaining access to valuable information and resources. Additionally, parents, professionals and community members are able to access resources to help them support individuals through this time of transition.

Our Mission

To enhance the lives of Pennsylvania teens and young adults with autism by:

  • Providing a place to interact and connect with others sharing similar experiences
  • Improving regional access to quality services and interventions
  • Providing information and support to individuals and families
  • Training professionals in best practices
  • Facilitating connections between individuals, families, professionals, and providers throughout the Commonwealth

Our Goal

The goal of #ASDNext is to make the transition to adulthood a little easier by connecting individuals to others with shared experiences and to a community of resources, information and support.

Learn from Others!

Follow our blog for stories and experiences from our two young authors with autism as they move through life.

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