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.
Video Game Club
Neurodivergent teens are invited to come out and share their favorite video games! Whether you’re a fan of the original NES, classic Sega consoles, or more modern hits on the Wii or Switch, all eras of gaming are celebrated. Feel free to bring your favorite, age-appropriate games to share with the group (no M-rated games, please) or try a new game shared by someone else. This group is intended for teens but is open to all gamers aged 10 and up.
Finding Community at Penn State
Neurodivergent Penn State students are invited to this casual on-campus social group presented by ACRES and Penn State’s Office of Student Disability Resources! The group is moderated and run by and for neurodivergent Penn Staters to be a safe place for your authentic self! Even if you don’t have a formal diagnosis, all who identify as neurodivergent are invited to come and meet fellow students, learn about helpful campus resources, and hang out with others who “get it.” Students who don’t attend University Park or simply prefer to connect with fellow students online are invited to join the “Neurodiverse PSU” Discord group at https://bit.ly/NeurodiversePSU for resources, support, and peer connection!
In-person meetings are held weekly at 6 PM in Room 101 Boucke, alternating between Monday and Thursday evenings, as long as PSU is in session. Meeting dates for the Spring 2023 semester are listed on their events calendar.
College can be tough, especially if you have an autism spectrum disorder or learning disability. ACRES invites neurodivergent PSU students to work with our knowledgeable staff and mentors for private, individualized discussion and guidance to help you succeed. Whether you need a mentor, advice on navigating the PSU system, or just want to meet other neurodivergent students, we’ll find solutions that work for you. If you are interested, please contact us. We will gladly meet you on campus or via Zoom/phone call for a confidential discussion.
Evening Social Group
Socialization can be difficult for those on the autism spectrum, so ACRES is proud to be a safe place where adults with autism can make friends, have a chat, and just have fun! A group of young adults on the autism spectrum meets every other Monday evening from 6-8 PM. Contact us if you would like to join! Free (contributions accepted)
Socials and Parties
Traditional parties and holidays can be overwhelming for individuals with autism, but that doesn’t mean they don’t want to participate. Throughout the year, ACRES hosts special parties and events with neurodivergent community members in mind. From sensory-friendly backyard barbecues to not-so-scary Halloween celebrations, these events provide individuals of all ages and abilities with the opportunity to have fun! Follow us on Facebook or subscribe to our e-newsletter to be notified about our upcoming events.
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State College, PA 16803