Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health and Safety Guide
ASERT has compiled resources for those with autism and those who care for people with autism relating to the current COVID-19 outbreak.
Getting ready to face the “real” world after high school is a scary and sometimes overwhelming process. That is where #ASDNext comes in! #ASDNext is an initiative of the Autism Services, Education, Resources and Training (ASERT) Collaborative, a key component of the Office of Developmental Programs strategy for supporting individuals with autism and their families throughout the Commonwealth.
#ASDNext was conceived to help fill the growing need for resources and support to help teens and young adults with autism transition to “adult” life after school. Research has shown that this transition period is extremely difficult for individuals with autism, often resulting in social isolation and high rates of under- or unemployment. Services and supports that were available through school-age years are no longer available and adult service systems often are not well-educated or equipped to support individuals with autism. This is where #ASDNext hopes to help fill some of that gap!
#ASDNext is a place to connect with other teens, young adults, families and community members. Through blogs written by young adults on the spectrum to social media accounts, the idea is to allow individuals to interact with each other while gaining access to valuable information and resources. Additionally, parents, professionals and community members are able to access resources to help them support individuals through this time of transition.
To enhance the lives of Pennsylvania teens and young adults with autism by:
The goal of #ASDNext is to make the transition to adulthood a little easier by connecting individuals to others with shared experiences and to a community of resources, information and support.