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Crisis Services

ASERT does not offer crisis services through our Resource Center. If you or someone you love is experiencing mental health distress or thoughts of suicide please call or text 988 for support.

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Family Members

Whether it’s a sibling, grandparent, cousin, aunt, uncle or parent, it can be difficult to know how to properly support your family member on the spectrum. ASERT’s broad database of autism resources includes a variety of information helpful for family members.

Check out some of our top resources highlighted below, or search through the hundreds of resources available for family members!

Understanding Non-Binary

This resource includes information on non-binary individuals, pronouns, sex and gender, and ways to be supportive of all individuals.

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The Spectrum of Communication

Communication permits us to advocate for our needs, develop relationships, and participate in our community. When supporting someone with Autism, the most important thing to keep in mind at all times is that speech does not equal communication.

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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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Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance (PFSA)

Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance provides education, support, and training programs to make Pennsylvania safe for children.

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Accompanying an Individual to the Doctor

This resource was created with the goal of providing tips and information that may be useful when accompanying an individual to the doctor.

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Administering a Special Needs Trust

A special needs trust can be a very powerful aid in managing care for a family member with a disability. It can provide supplemental items like therapy, respite care, dental work, companions, entertainment, education — all without interfering with the beneficiary’s SSI, Medicaid or other government programs. The special needs trust can be a flexible tool. It can also be very difficult and confusing to administer.

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Adult Autism Programs: AAW & ACAP

Pennsylvania offers two programs for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) through the Bureau of Autism Services (BAS): the Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) and the Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP). Both programs are designed for residents of Pennsylvania who are age 21 and older and have a diagnosis of autism. These programs are evidence-based and outcome-driven models which have been designed to assist participants in gaining the greatest level of independence possible, encourage involvement in community life, improve social skills and provide support to caregivers.

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Am I Ready to Learn How to Drive?

Learning to drive a car can be both exciting and scary. This #ASDNext guide helps you know if you have the necessary skills required to be a good driver. Ask yourself the questions in each section of this resource to see if you may be ready to start learning how to drive.

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Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for Parents

This resource developed by ASERT helps caregivers learn about Applied Behavior Analysis, how to access it, and who can provide it to individuals with autism.

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Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Resource Collection

This collection of resources provides information on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) including: an introduction to ABA, how you can tell if your child is receiving ABA services, what to consider when choosing a provider, information on insurance coverage for ABA services and more.

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Applying for Medicaid for a Child with a Disability: PH-95 Category

You can apply for Medicaid in many ways in Pennsylvania. The PH-95 Category is one way. This resource provides information for families on how to apply using the PH-95 category for children under teh age of 18, with disabilities.

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Asian Family Health Workgroup: Parent tips on autism

This resource, developed by the Asian Family Health Workgroup, provides parent tips about autism. The resource is available in both English and Chinese.

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ASSIST: Autism Sensory Strategies, Information, and Toolkit

This guide explains sensory features and how to support individuals on the autism spectrum who have a negative experience related to sensory features is important and can help guide interactions.

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Assistive Technology in the Individualized Education Program (IEP)

Appropriate assistive technology (AT) devices and services can allow students with disabilities to participate in and benefit from the general education curriculum and to meet Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals. The purpose of this brochure is to provide guidance to the special educators, related service providers, and parents as they develop Individual Education Programs (IEP) for students using assistive technology.

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