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Allegheny County Autism Census

The PA Autism Census Update, conducted by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, & Training Collaborative (ASERT), provides a count of the number of individuals with autism who are receiving service in Pennsylvania. It identifies where these individuals live and which systems are supporting them. This information can be a powerful tool to help you, your family, decision-makers and others in your local community to understand autism in Pennsylvania by highlighting where and how individuals with autism are receiving services.

2005: 2235
2011: 4894

119% increase

Allegheny CountyPie chart showing percentage of individuals with autism in Allegheny county by ethnicity.

White: 72%
Black/AA:
17%
Hispanic/Latino: 1%
Asian: 2%
Other: 8%

 

Rest of PA

Pie chart showing percentage of individuals with autism in Pennsylvania by ethnicity.

White: 74%
Black/AA: 13%
Hispanic/Latino: 7%
Asian: 2%
Other: 4%

 

 

What does this mean?

In Allegheny County, most individuals with autism receiving services were White (72%). Almost 1 in 5 individuals with autism (17%) in Allegheny County receiving services were Black or African American. A smaller proportion of individuals with autism receiving services in Allegheny County were Hispanic (1%) when compared to the rest of Pennsylvania (7%), but a larger proportion were from an “other” race or ethnicity (8%) in Allegheny County compared to 4% in the rest of Pennsylvania.

Bar graph of individuals with autism in Allegheny county by age, comparing 2005 and 2011 data.

Below Age 5

2005: 16%
2011: 8%

Age 5-12

2005: 54%
2011: 47%

Age 13-17

2005: 17%
2011: 22%

Age 18-20

2005: 5%
2011: 9%

Age 21 and Above

2005: 9%
2011: 14%

What does this mean?

In Allegheny County, the majority of individuals with ASD are between the ages of 5-17. However, the number of adults over 21 years old is increasing as the population of individuals with autism receiving services ages.

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This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.