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The resources on this page are intended to provide general information about autism and public benefits available in Pennsylvania.

If you have additional questions, or would like information about additional resources, please reach out to our community hubs.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. There is often nothing about how people with ASD look that sets them apart from other people, but people with ASD may communicate, interact, behave, and learn in ways that are different from most other people.

The learning, thinking, and problem-solving abilities of people with ASD can range from gifted to severely challenged. Some people with ASD need a lot of help in their daily lives; others need less. Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Learn More

Autism Speaks - https://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism

Criteria for an autism diagnosis: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/hcp-dsm.html

Pennsylvania Bureau of Autism Services

The mission of the Bureau of Autism Services (BAS) is to develop and manage services and supports to enhance the quality of life of Pennsylvanians living with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and to support their families and caregivers.

The Bureau will carry out its mission through the creation and administration of adult service delivery models, the development of resources to support individuals with autism and their families across the lifespan and by collaborating with and providing technical assistance to other Department of Human Services (DHS) offices and government agencies.

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Early HeadStart/HeadStart provides low income families with children education, health and social services to develop skills to get them ready for school and life. Learn more

Office of Vocational Rehabilitation - OVR provides assistance for people with disabilities to prepare for, obtain, or maintain employment. For information about OVR click here

To find the OVR services in your county click here
 

Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities - MAWD is a program to ensure people 16 to 65 with disabilities are able to maintain healthcare coverage at reduced or no cost when they re-enter the workforce. For more information click here

  • For a guide to understand the eligibility requirements and what can count as work click here
  • For paper application click here
  • To find the county assistance office click here
  • To apply online click here

Getting Medical Assistance for a Child with a Disability, Behavioral or Autism Spectrum Disorder

Medical Assistance Income Requirements for 2019

Adult Autism Waiver Programs provide long term services and supports for the community living for adults over 21.

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 on their identified needs.