Parents and Caregivers

Raising a loved one with autism presents some unique challenges for those entrusted with their care. ASERT is here to support, inform, and empower parents and caregivers of individuals on the spectrum.

Check out some of our top resources highlighted below, or search through the hundreds of resources available for parents and caregivers!

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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Be Safe Resource Collection

This is a collection of resources from various sources on the topic of safety for individuals with autism. This resource provides information on how to prevent harm and intervention techniques for when safety is compromised.

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Medicaid Waivers for Individuals with Autism

This page is about Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waivers in Pennsylvania. HCBS Waivers are a type of Medicaid program that provides long-term services and supports to groups of people who need support to live in their communities.

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List of IEP Accommodations and Specially Designed Instructions

This information sheet from ASERT provides information on common Specially Designed Instruction (SDI) and accommodations that can be included in a student's Individualized Education Program (IEP).

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What to Consider When Looking for a Qualified ABA Provider

This website, from the Indiana Resource Center for Autism at Indiana University, provides information and resources for parents on what to look for when choosing a qualified Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) provider.

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What to do if your SSI benefits were cut off when you turned 18

When you turn 18, the Social Security Administration (SSA) reviews your case to see if you still meet the requirements to receive SSI. The rules change when you turn 18, and some people lose their benefits.

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What to Expect in an Autism Evaluation

This resource, developed by ASERT, provides information for parents and caregivers on what to expect when their child has an autism evaluation.

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Writing Effective Individualized Education Programs (IEP)

This resource explains the importance of measurable annual goals for a student with disabilities and how to create one that aligns with Pennsylvania standards.

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Your Special Education Rights

Empowering parents with the knowledge and understanding they need to advocate for their child’s education through engaging video programs.

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Your Way Home Montgomery County

Your Way Home Montgomery County is the county's unified and coordinated housing crisis response system for families or individuals experiencing homelessness. Their website has resources for the individuals to get more information including a Call Center, Housing Resource Centers, and more housing resources.

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