Human Services Secretary Celebrates Autism Awareness Month, Highlights Resources and Services to Live an Everyday Life


State Policies & Initiatives: 
Policies and Programs

~~“DHS is responding to Autism Spectrum Disorder’s increased prevalence by expanding access to services and working to address the need to build capacity of professionals trained to assist individuals with autism and their families across the lifespan. The state-funded Autism Services, Education, Resources and Training (ASERT) initiative provides support and information to the estimated 30,000 Pennsylvanians with Autism Spectrum Disorder. ASERT also maintains a collaborative that brings together medical centers, centers for autism research and services, universities, and other providers involved in the treatment and care of individuals of all ages with autism and their families to support service providers, individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and their families.
Since 2015, the Wolf Administration has made the following policy changes to better empower individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder to live an everyday life:
• All services and supports provided by ODP are now available for people with autism spectrum disorder.
• All ODP participants have a support coordinator to plan for the future and access community resources, even while waiting for formal services.
• Every 21-year-old who graduated or is graduating from a public school from 2018-20 is provided access to support services upon graduation, avoiding a supports cliff and helping graduates maintain life skills taught during their time in public school. ”

  • Other
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Pennsylvania Government
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