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.
Every person with autism is a unique individual with their own set of strengths, needs, and life goals. While support may be required, each person with autism has infinite potential that can be fostered with proper planning and support. The focus of a person-centered approach is on individual strengths and abilities. It is critical to view the person as someone who is fully capable of participating in making important decisions about their own life. When we individualize support, we assess a person’s strengths, interests, preferences, and needs, then plan for and incorporate these into daily life. Choice is central to taking a person-centered approach. One must respect the individual’s choices, provide support, and give the person the opportunity to learn from their own mistakes. The goal is to provide support in a way that improves life skills, develops interests, and meets goals, while encouraging independence.
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.