Autism Services
Welcome to the Bureau of Autism Services, Office of Developmental Programs. The information shared in this site is intended to communicate the Department of Human Services’ efforts to enhance the quality of life and independence of Pennsylvanians with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and to support their families and caregivers.
 
To Contact Us:
To request an application for the Adult Autism Programs:
ONLINE, visit the Information Referral Tool (IRT): http://www.dhs.pa.gov/irt
BY PHONE, call 1-866-539-7689 (toll free number)
 
For information about available resources:
Email info@PAautism.org or call 877-231-4244
 
For other questions, use the "Contact Us" form or call 866-539-7689.
Mailing address: Department of Human Services, Office of Developmental Programs, Bureau of Autism Services; P.O. Box 2675; Harrisburg, PA 17105.
 
Pennsylvania's Adult Autism Programs
The Bureau of Autism Services administers two programs for adults with autism, the Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) and the Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP).
 
There are two ways to request an application for Pennsylvania’s adult autism programs: by phone, or online. Applications may not be requested via email.
To request an application by phone:
Call toll-free in PA: 1-866-539-7689 to request an application for either program, and to be added to the Interest List.
 
To request an application online:
Visit the Information Referral Tool (IRT): http://www.dhs.pa.gov/irt
 
Applications will be sent until the programs reach capacity. Requests for applications will be processed for each program in the order they were received. This will be based on the date and time individuals first requested an application for that program. Additional information about the application process for each program can be found by clicking the links below.

BAS Adult Programs Overview

Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP)

Adult Autism Waiver (AAW)

To view/download the latest version of the PA Adult Autism Waiver, click here: PA Adult Autism Waiver

Adult Autism Waiver Services & Supports Directory: The Adult Autism Waiver Services & Supports Directory (SSD) lists all Adult Autism Waiver providers and is searchable by service and/or county. https://www.compass.state.pa.us/compass.web/EPProviderSearch/Pgm/EPWEL.aspx?prg=AAW

Autism Services, Education, Resources & Training Collaborative (ASERT) 

The ASERT Collaborative (Autism Services, Education, Resources and Training)  is a key component of the Bureau of Autism Services’ strategy for supporting individuals with autism and their families throughout the Commonwealth. Connect with ASERT’s Statewide Resource Center by visiting PAautism.org, calling toll-free in PA: 877-231-4244 or via email: info@PAautism.org or ASERTespanol@PAautism.org (Español).
 

MyODP Training & Resource Center

MyODP.org provides a single place for people to access ODP’s virtual trainings, resources and communications, as well as to register to attend face-to-face events. This streamlined learning management system has been designed with accessibility features and Google Translate, so that ODP’s materials are available to individuals, families, and professionals.

Many trainings for professionals who support individuals with autism are hosted on MyODP.org, including:
  • Adult Autism Waiver (AAW) providers accessing required and supplemental trainings
  • ACT 62 Behavior Specialist Licensure (BSL) applicants interested in trainings that can be applied toward the 90 hour requirement
  • Professionals accessing the BAS Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) required post-test and online trainer workshop
  • Professionals interested in expanding their understanding of appropriate supports for children and adults with autism
Individuals, families and professionals interested in additional autism-specific resources and training opportunities are also encouraged to visit the ASERT website.
 
PA Autism Insurance Act (Act 62)
If you or someone you know is the parent of a child with autism, click here for information and resources about the PA Autism Insurance Act (Act 62) 
 
To access the following reports, please use the links below.

The Executive Summary of the Final Report of the Autism Task Force, released in 2004.

The original Pennsylvania Autism Census Project Final Report, released in 2009.

The 2014 Autism Census Study Update: View comprehensive findings and other information

The statewide Pennsylvania Autism Needs Assessment Reports: A Survey of Individuals and Families Living with Autism

Housing Report: Housing Options for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder