Community Members

In 2018, the CDC determined that approximately 1 in 59 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). As part of the broad Pennsylvania community, individuals with autism live and work among us, making these resources for the community a valuable and necessary asset.

American Psychiatric Association: ASD Fact Sheet

This fact sheet includes a new, more accurate, and medically and scientifically useful way of diagnosing individuals with autism-related disorders.

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Characteristics of Autism

This resource, designed for direct support staff, provides a basic introduction to the different characteristics of autism.

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Autism Society of America

The Autism Society of America (ASA) provides advocacy, education, information, referral, support and community at national, state and local levels through their nationwide network of Affiliates. Their website includes information on autism for individuals, parents, professionals and community members.

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Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks funds global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism; raises public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society; and brings hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder.

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Information for Law Enforcement and Other First Responders

This document contains a description of autism, ways that individuals with autism may behave, and considerations for first responders when interacting with people with autism.

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Justice Resource Collection

This is a collection of resources on the topic of the justice system for justice system professionals and individuals with autism. Topics range from the law to court appearances, interacting with police, and more.

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Mental Health Resource Collection

This is a collection of resources from various sources on the topic of mental health for individuals with autism. Topics range from general mental health resources to anxiety, depression, behavioral concerns, services and assessment, psychopharmacology, and crisis intervention.

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My ODP Training & Resource Center

Supporting Pennsylvanians with developmental disabilities and their families to achieve greater independence, choice, and opportunity in their lives.

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ODP Comprehensive Employment Report

This webpage on MyODP.org focuses on information and resources for the Everyday Lives action step around employment. Resources include the Comprehensive Employment Report, Executive Orders around employment, information sheets on WIOA and more.

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Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) Publications

This website contains a descriptive list of publications that are currently available from the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) and are designed to assist individuals in better understanding the OVR program and the process of vocational rehabilitation.

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Organization for Autism Research: Understanding Autism: An Employer’s Guide

This guide is designed to help first-line supervisors understand, welcome, train, and support young adults with autism in the workplace.

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PA Family Network

The PA Family Network was created to support families and the major elements of the Community of Practice goals.

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Physical Health Resource Collection

This is a bundle of resources from a variety of sources that provide information on general physical health information as well as specific conditions individuals with autism may have.

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Pittsburgh Cares

Working to engage and mobilize members of the community, in order to maintain the positive impact of our regional partners on the diverse populations they serve.

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