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March 1, 2013 - February 28, 2014
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Department of Public Welfare
Bureau of Autism Services
P.O. Box 2675; 605 Health and Welfare Building
Harrisburg, PA 17105
The work of the Bureau of Autism Services was initially guided by the recommendations from the Autism Task Force. Click here for the Executive Summary of the final report that was released in December 2004.
Each year the Bureau of Autism Services hosts a training conference to increase the capacity of professionals skilled in supporting individuals with autism and their families. In 2014, the conference will also include sessions geared for adults on the spectrum interested in self-advocacy. Click here for more information about this year’s conference, to be held June 10-12, 2014.
The Bureau of Autism Services of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare is pleased to announce the availability of mini-grants to support children and adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and families that include an individual with ASD. Learn more...
A focus of this project is to reach out and serve individuals and families that are not able to access existing support systems for various reasons (for example: eligibility criteria, age, waiting lists). The term “family” may include an immediate family member or other relative, a person providing foster care or a legal guardian or custodian, but does not include a person or entity who acts in a paid employment capacity. These grants are funding opportunities that will only be offered once and are time limited. The full application packet including the application, instructions to apply, and frequently asked questions is available to download and print off of our website.
The full application packet including the application, instructions to apply, and frequently asked questions is available to download and print by clicking here: 2014 BAS Mini-Grant Application Packet
Mail your completed application and supporting materials, which may include brochures, printouts from the Internet, statements on sponsoring organization letterhead, or statements of cost to the address on the application packet.
|Applications are due (postmarked by)||March 31, 2014|
|Notification of awards sent by mail on a rolling basis beginning on or about:||May 1, 2014 (on or about and continuing until June 30, 2014)|
|Activities must occur between these dates:||March 1, 2014 and August 15, 2014|
|Dates during which Reimbursement Activities must occur:||March 1, 2014 through August 15, 2014|
What if I have questions?
Please see the Frequently Asked Questions, FAQ, included in the Mini-Grant application packet. If your question is not answered on the webcast or in the FAQ, e-mail DPW-AutismOffice@pa.gov or call the Mini-Grant Help Line, 1-717-425-5689.
If you do not have Internet access or printing capabilities, requests to mail paper applications can be made after Feb. 3, 2014 by calling the Mini-Grant Help Line at 1-717-425-5689 or by email: DPW-AutismOffice@pa.gov. Please include and spell your name, complete mailing address and a phone number with area code.
If you think you may be eligible, or know someone who might be, you are strongly encouraged to request an application. To request an application for either program, you must call toll-free in PA: 1-866-539-7689.
Applications may not be requested by email and are not available on-line.
Please click here for information about the Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) or the Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP), including program overviews, eligibility requirements, the application process, services, and provider networks.
To view/download the latest version of the PA Adult Autism Waiver, click here: PA Adult Autism Waiver
Adult Autism Waiver Services & Supports Directory
The ASERT Collaborative (Autism Services, Education, Resources and Training) is a key component of the Bureau of Autism Services’ strategy for supporting individuals with autism and their families throughout the Commonwealth. Each regional ASERT is charged with addressing the needs of their entire region, including the needs of the most rural regions of the state and the most under-served populations. It is our vision that ASERT will connect existing resources and pockets of expertise, and address the regional gaps in effective services and supports. The priorities of ASERT are driven by the findings of the PA Autism Needs Assessment study.
Connect with ASERT’s resources by visiting PAautism.org or calling toll-free in PA: 877-231-4244.
In 2005, the Bureau of Autism Services commissioned a census study in Pennsylvania, and the study was updated in 2013. According to the study, in 2005 there were close to 20,000 Pennsylvanians living with autism. Given trends and projected numbers from the census update, we estimate that there are over 55,000 children and adults in PA with autism.
It is estimated that there are approximately 8,395 adults with autism (21+) in Pennsylvania today (2013). Preliminary data from the census update indicate a 181% overall increase of individuals with ASD in PA from 2005 to 2011 and a 334% increase of adults (21+). This dramatic upward trend is expected to continue, with a projected number of adults reaching over 30,000 in 2020.
For a one-page overview of the updated findings that you can print and share, please visit www.PAautism.org. For comprehensive findings, please go to the Pennsylvania Autism Census Project Final Report. An updated report will be released in the spring of 2014.
The information collected from the survey is intended as a roadmap for policymakers, service providers, community organizations, and advocacy groups, to guide the development and implementation of effective services and the efficient use of resources. It is our hope that the results of this study will serve to increase the quality of life for people with autism regardless of their age, where they live, or what systems they are supported by.
Each of the topic reports includes an in-depth analysis of the data, as well as a set of recommendations. To review the reports, and other information about this study, please visit the ASERT website.
In September 2008, the Bureau of Autism Services appointed a Housing Options Committee and charged them with assessing and identifying housing options for individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. In their "Housing Options For Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder" report, the committee details a first-ever, comprehensive look at the housing challenges and makes recommendations designed to increase housing options for individuals with an autism spectrum disorder. To review this very important report, click here.