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Nov 1, 2012 - Oct 31, 2013
You can contact us or call the Bureau of Autism Services at 1-866-539-7689.
Department of Public Welfare
Bureau of Autism Services
P.O. Box 2675; 605 Health and Welfare Building
Harrisburg, PA 17105
Thank you for attending the 6th Annual Pennsylvania Autism Training Conference (PATC)
“Delivering Autism Services in Pennsylvania: Practical Strategies & Tools”
Next year's conference will be held on June 10-12, 2014. We look forward to seeing you then!
The deadline for application submission for the 2013 Family and Individual Mini Grant has passed and we are currently processing applications.
Award letters will be sent beginning May 16, 2013, and on an on-going basis through the end of the fiscal year. Every effort will be made to send out denial letters once all of the funds for the grant have been exhausted.
We cannot return calls inquiring about the status of your grant application.
Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions, FAQs, included in the 2013 BAS Mini-Grant Application Packet for detailed information on how the funding is dispersed and what to do if you need to make a change to your grant funding once you have been awarded.
If your question is not answered in the FAQ, please e-mail DPW-AutismOffice@pa.gov or call the toll-free Mini-Grant Help Line, 1-866-539-7689.
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 (Autism Services, Education, Resources and Training) Collaborative 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.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the number of people with autism has risen dramatically nationwide in recent years. They consider this to be an urgent public health concern. In 2005, the Bureau of Autism Services commissioned a census study in Pennsylvania, and the results were alarming. According to the study, there are currently between 25,000 and 30,000 individuals with autism across the lifespan in the Commonwealth. By 2014, 10,000 of these individuals will be over the age of 21, and the numbers will continue to grow.
These people are not just numbers: they are our family members, our neighbors, and members of our communities.
There are six topic reports, and two summary reports, that share the findings of this ground-breaking study. Each of the topic reports includes an in-depth analysis of the data, as well as a set of recommendations.
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.
To review the reports, and other information about this study, please visit the ASERT website or the Bureau of Autism Services Virtual Training and Resource Center
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.