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ASERT has compiled resources for those with autism and those who care for people with autism relating to the current COVID-19 outbreak.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
In addition to the PAautism.org website, there are three additional websites developed and supported by ASERT to assist individuals with autism and their families. #ASDNext, AID in PA, and the Philadelphia Autism Project are all websites that are supported through ASERT to meet the diverse needs of the neurodiverse communities within Pennsylvania. These websites, along with MyODP.org and the Health Care Quality Units (HCQUs) provide a wealth of information, resources, and educational opportunities. More information can be found below for each of these sites.
This website was developed to provide a place for individuals with autism to find information and resources specific to them, as well as help them connect with others in their communities. While PAautism.org provides information and resources more focused on parents and professionals, ASDNext.org is designed specifically for individuals on the spectrum, particularly teens and young adults. The website features a social calendar of community events around the state, blogs by young adults on the spectrum, and a community page where individuals can connect with others.
AID in PA is home to resources designed to support individuals with autism and or an intellectual or developmental disability, their parents and caregivers, professionals and the communities across Pennsylvania. AID in PA is a collaborative effort between ASERT (Autism Services, Education, Resources and Training), the HCQUs (Health Care Quality Units) across the state, and Temple University’s department of Disability Resources and Services, all operating under Pennsylvania’s ODP (Office of Developmental Programs).
The mission of AID in PA is to leverage the unique specialties of its collaborators to offer a comprehensive resource collection supporting the ID/DD/A communities of Pennsylvania. By addressing topics most relevant to these communities and uniquely designing content for each stakeholder group, AID in PA is the go-to for living a full life with autism and or an intellectual or development disability in Pennsylvania.
The Philadelphia Autism Project was established in 2013 by the office of former City Councilmember-at-Large Dennis M. O’Brien and continues to be supported through the office of City Councilmember-at-Large Derek S. Green. The Philadelphia Autism Project works in tandem with ASERT. The website focuses on providing support to autistic individuals and their families living in Philadelphia through:
MyODP.org is the main training and information hub for the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP). On this site you can find a range of information for different stakeholder groups. Some areas covered on MyODP.org include:
The Health Care Quality Units (HCQUs) work to support and improve the health information and knowledge for the intellectual disabilities community service system by building capacity and competency within the physical and behavioral health care systems as well as the stakeholders of the ID system. There are currently eight HCQUs across Pennsylvania.
Over the years, ASERT has provided numerous educational opportunities to professionals, family members, individuals with autism, and more. Organized by county, this interactive map displays the total number of autism-related trainings hosted by our organization. Hover over the county you wish to learn more about, and see in-depth details like the number of trainings or total attendees. Additionally, click the magnifying glass in the top-right corner to discover educational topics by frequency.
Interested in scheduling a training? Please contact email@example.com.
AJ Drexel Autism Institute, Drexel University (Eastern Region)
Regional Manager– Kaitlin Koffer Miller, MPH
Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey Medical Center (Central Region)
Director- Michael Murray, MD
UPMC Western Behavioral Health, Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders (Western Region)
Director – Martin Lubetsky, MD
ASERT is funded at the state level through the Office of Developmental Programs. This partnership allows ASERT to support the mission and values of these state agencies, while also connecting with the larger autism community across the state.
Click the link below for more information about the Office of Developmental Programs.