From PA Autism website:
(Pennsylvania’s leading source of autism-related resources and information)
The Bureau of Autism Services, in its effort to improve care and quality of life for Pennsylvanians with autism and their families, conducted the PA Autism Needs Assessment. This effort has been a key task of the ASERT (Autism Services, Education, Resources and Training) Collaborative.
This overview provides a summary of the Needs Assessment findings from each of the topic reports listed below.
The number of individuals in Pennsylvania diagnosed with autism has risen dramatically in the last 20 years. The Pennsylvania Autism Census Report estimated that 25,000 individuals would be living with autism in Pennsylvania in 2010. To understand the changing needs of the expanding and aging autism population, the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, Bureau of Autism Services (BAS) commissioned a survey to assess how or if the needs of individuals with autism and their families are met. The information collected from the survey is intended for policymakers, service providers, community organizations, and advocacy groups to better understand and address the needs of individuals affected by autism in Pennsylvania.
- Statewide Summary (en Español)
- Service Needs (en Español)
- Barriers and Limitations to Accessing Services (en Español)
- Unwanted Outcomes – Police Contact & Urgent Hospital Care (en Español)
- Getting an Autism Diagnosis and Follow-Up Care (en Español)
- Employment Challenges (en Español)
- Family Impact (en Español)
- Report Recommendations (en Español)