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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. 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
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.

PA Autism Needs Assessment

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The Pennsylvania Autism Needs Assessment seeks to understand the needs of people with autism and their families as this population continues to grow and change.  The number of individuals in Pennsylvania with autism diagnosed with autism has risen dramatically in the last 20 years.  The Pennsylvania Autism Census estimated that 55,000 individuals with autism were receiving public funded services in Pennsylvania as of 2014.

The 2017 Pennsylvania Autism Needs Assessment is a follow up to the 2011 Pennsylvania Autism Needs Assessment.  The information collected will help stake holders across Pennsylvania to better understand and work to address the changing needs of individuals impacted by autism.

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Question: What is the PA Autism Needs Assessment?

Answer: In order to collect more information from the last assessment and update questions to reflect a changing autism population, the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT) in partnership with the Bureau of Autism Services (BAS), is executing a follow-up to the 2011 Pennsylvania Autism Needs Assessment, the 2017 PA Autism Needs Assessment Update.

Question: Who receives the PA Autism Needs Assessment?

Answer: If you are a person with autism or the parent/caregiver of a child with autism and have gotten autism services through Medicaid, you may receive a letter in the mail with information about the PA Autism Needs Assessment.  This might mean being in a Medicaid-funded waiver (like the Adult Autism Waiver), getting autism services through Medicaid-funded programs like Behavior Health Rehabilitation Services (BHRS).

Question: How do I complete the PA Autism Needs Assessment?

Answer: You can complete the PA Autism Needs Assessment in two ways! You can complete it online by visiting paautism.org/needsassessment (coming soon!). Or, you can ask for a paper copy of the PA Autism Needs Assessment by contacting the ASERT Resource Center (877-231-4244) or email info@paautism.org.  The paper copy will come to you in the mail with a self-addressed prepaid envelope that you will send back to us.  If you contact the ASERT Resource Center, tell them if you are a parent of a child with autism or a person with autism (18 years old or older) so they know which survey to send you.

Question: If I did not receive the PA Autism Needs Assessment, can I still fill it out?

Answer: Yes!  Click the green button above "take the PA Autism Needs Assessment" (coming soon!) to fill out the assessment online.  Or, you can ask for a paper copy of the PA Autism Needs Assessment by contacting the ASERT Resource Center (877-231-4244) or email info@paautism.org.  The paper copy will come to you in the mail with a self-addressed prepaid envelope that you will send back to us.  If you contact the ASERT Resource Center, tell them if you are a parent of a child with autism or a person with autism (18 years or older) so they know which survey to send you.

Question: Will the PA Autism Needs Assessment affect my or my child's services?

Answer: No! The PA Autism Needs Assessment is not tied to the services that you or your child gets. You do not have to complete the PA Autism Needs Assessment if you don't want to.  If you do, you have the choice to keep your answers anonymous.  This means that no one will know your name or information.

Question: Do I have to fill out the PA Autism Needs Assessment?

Answer: No! The PA Autism Needs Assessment is voluntary.  This means that it is up to you if you want to complete the PA Autism Needs Assessment.

Question: How will the information from the PA Autism Needs Assessment be used?

Answer: Results from the PA Autism Needs Assessment will be on our website for everyone to to see and use.  Reports from the last PA Autism Needs Assessment are available on our website (below).  This information is very helpful.  It us used to help us know more about the needs of people with autism and their families.  We can also see if this information has changed over time.

Question: Who will see my answers to the PA Autism Needs Assessment?

Answer: The only people who will see your answers are ASERT staff who have been trained and approved to work on this project by the Drexel University Institutional Review Board (IRB).  We have been trained in doing surveys with people and take privacy and security very seriously.  You have the choice to keep your answers anonymous.

Question: Who funded the PA Autism Needs Assessment?

Answer: The PA Autism Needs Assessment is funded by ASERT, Bureau of Autism Services (BAS), Office of Developmental Programs (ODP), PA Department of Human Services (DHS).



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