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Dauphin 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.

Total Individuals with Autism

2005: 558
2011: 1163

*109% increase

Race/Ethnicity

What does this mean?

In Dauphin County, most individuals with autism receiving services were White (58%). Almost 1 in 5 individuals with autism (23%) in Dauphin County receiving services were Black or African American. A larger proportion of individuals with autism receiving services in Dauphin County were Hispanic (9%) or from an “other” race or ethnicity (9%) in Dauphin County when compared to the rest of Pennsylvania. There is a smaller proportion of individuals with autism receiving services who were Asian (1%) compared to the rest of Pennsylvania (2%).

 

Age Groups

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

What does this mean?

In Dauphin 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.