Independence

These resources are designed to help young adults with autism navigate the world as independently as possible.

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A Parent’s Guide to Applied Behavior Analysis

This tool kit, from Autism Speaks and the Autism Treatment Network, is designed to provide you with a better understanding of ABA, how your child can benefit, and where/how you can seek ABA services.

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A Self-Advocate’s Guide to Medicaid

This resource provides information about Medicaid for individuals with autism, including a visual, easy to read version as well as a plain text version.

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AASPIRE Healthcare Toolkit

This website has information and worksheets for adults with autism, supporters and healthcare providers. It focuses on primary healthcare.

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ABA in PA Initiative

This website aims to bring the autism community together and work toward improved access to ABA services for children with autism in Pennsylvania.

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Accessing Home and Community-Based Services

This handbook was designed to help people with disabilities find and use resources that empower us to live and be in charge of our own lives in our own homes and communities with the supports that we need.

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Accompanying an Individual to the Doctor

This resource was created with the goal of providing tips and information that may be useful when accompanying an individual to the doctor.

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Act 62 Behavior Specialist License Trainings

This site hosts BAS trainings that can be taken by professionals applying for a behavior specialist license under Act 62. All 90 hours of the eight content areas are available at no cost.

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Activity and Event Ideas for Autism Support Groups

This resource, developed by ASERT, provides suggestions and tips for individuals who are starting their own autism support or social group.

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Adjusting to New Situations

Change is part of everyday life. The ability to change is central to our growth as individuals. For people with autism, who often rely on predictability and routine to feel calm and safe, change can affect them differently. Adjusting to new situations may be met with anxiety, fear, or resistance. Fortunately, there are strategies you can use to ease adjustment to new situations.

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Adult Autism Programs: AAW & ACAP

Pennsylvania offers two programs for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) through the Bureau of Autism Services (BAS): the Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) and the Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP). Both programs are designed for residents of Pennsylvania who are age 21 and older and have a diagnosis of autism. These programs are evidence-based and outcome-driven models which have been designed to assist participants in gaining the greatest level of independence possible, encourage involvement in community life, improve social skills and provide support to caregivers.

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Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) Supports & Services Directory

The AAW services directory allows you to search a comprehensive list of AAW service providers.

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Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP)

The Adult Community Autism Program, also known as ACAP, is one of two programs in Pennsylvania specifically designed to help adults with autism spectrum disorder participate in their communities in the way that they want to, based upon their identified needs.

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Adult Protective Services

This website provides information on the role of Adult Protective Services and how to report abuse of an elder or an adult with a disability.

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Affordable Care Act Toolkit for Self-Advocates

This resource has been developed to equip self-advocates with autism to understand and navigate the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Allegheny County Family Resource Guide

The Family Resource Guide is a comprehensive compilation of services and systems available to Allegheny County families of children ages birth to 21 with developmental delays, special health care needs or disabilities.

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