Pennsylvania Autism Census Summary Report

Identifying individuals with autism who are receiving services is important for program planning for the state. Learning how many individuals with autism are receiving services, as well as characterizing their demographics and location, helps with the design of effective services.

The 2009 Pennsylvania Autism Census Project identified nearly 20,000 Pennsylvanians with autism receiving services. In the 2014 Pennsylvania Autism Census Update, that number has risen to over 55,000 children and adults in PA with autism receiving services. Data has shown that between the two time points, there was a 181% overall increase in the number of individuals with autism receiving services, and a 334% increase in adults 21+, making adults the fastest growing group.

Number of Individuals with Autism Receiving Services in PA by County

This map shows the number of individuals with autism receiving services by county in the Commonwealth. It highlights where most individuals with autism receiving services are living. High population areas coincide with high areas of individuals with autism receiving services. For example, Allegheny County has the highest number of individuals, followed by Philadelphia County.

Number of Adults with Autism Receiving Services in PA by County

This map shows the number of adults with autism receiving services by county in the Commonwealth. High population areas coincide with high areas of adults with autism receiving services. Knowing where there is a significant number of adults with autism receiving services can help determine the best design for services, and inform policy and planning.

Proportion of Individuals with Autism Receiving Services by Age Group

Number of Adults with Autism Receiving Services in Pennsylvania by Year (2015-2030 Projected Need)

Limitations

  • Those who were not receiving services through one or more of these program offices, and/or those who misdiagnosed or were never formally diagnosed, could not be counted.
  • Therefore, these numbers are a significant underestimate of the number of children and adults with autism in Pennsylvania.
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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.