About Us

ASERT (Autism Services, Education, Resources and Training) is a partnership of medical centers, centers of autism research and services, universities, and other providers involved in the treatment and care of individuals of all ages with autism and their families. ASERT was developed to bring together resources locally, regionally, and statewide.

ASERT Mission

Innovate, collaborate, and lead to improve access to quality services, data, and information; to provide support, training and education in best practices; and to facilitate the connection between individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, and special populations, families and key stakeholders at local, state, and national levels.

Key Initiatives

Support the autism community throughout PA

With a database of information, our Resource Specialists can provide up-to-date and accurate information and resources. ASERT is here to help individuals with autism, families, professionals, and community members learn more about services and resources available and assist them in navigating the service system in Pennsylvania.

Statewide Resource Center

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Educate individuals with autism and their families, professionals, and community members

ASERT provides education and training to professionals, family members, individuals with autism, and more. Featured projects include: Training for Justice Professionals, Transition Resource Training, and numerous eLearning courses hosted on the ASERT website. To schedule a training, please contact info@paautism.org.

Measure data, needs, and change

ASERT determines the scope of work to be completed using data surrounding the needs of Pennsylvanians. The Initial PA Autism Needs Assessment was completed in 2011, and an update is currently underway. Additionally, ASERT completed the PA Autism Census in 2005 to determine the number of individuals with autism in Pennsylvania receiving services, with an updated in 2011 utilizing new data.  ASERT also provides catered data analysis utilizing tools such as Resource Center data, focus groups, training surveys, and more.

Connect local, regional, and statewide resources

ASERT seeks to collaborate with a variety of local, regional and statewide partners to better support individuals with autism in Pennsylvania. Critical collaborators include: The Health Care Quality Units, Behavioral Health Managed Care Organizations, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, PA office of Vocational Rehabilitation, and others.

Build resources, programs, and innovative projects

ASERT develops and disseminates resources based on needs evidenced in the PA Autism Needs Assessment, PA Autism Census, Resource Center data, direction from The Bureau of Autism Services and Office of Developmental Programs, and other key stakeholders. Examples of past projects include: A social skills group curriculum and guides for supporting individuals with autism in psychiatric rehabilitation, resources for justice personnel and emergency room staff, and The Be Safe Campaign which provides resources for professionals, individuals with autism, and their families who have experienced abuse and trauma.

ASERT Partners

AJ Drexel Autism Institute, Drexel University (Eastern Region)
Director – Katharine Croce, EdD, BCBA-D

Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey Medical Center (Central Region)
Director- Michael Murray, MD

UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital, Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders (Western Region)
Director – Martin Lubetsky, MD

ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations Office of Developmental Programs, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services.