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Autism Society NWPA Facebook Support Group......

Every parent and person on the spectrum has so much to offer so a forum to help one another has been created. If you have a question, a suggestion for someone else's question or just want to share a success or a struggle, this local on-line community is here to provide support. The group is closed so only members may see the comments shared.  Please email: if you would like to join the closed group.  SUPPORT GROUP


Welcome to the web site of the Autism Society - Northwestern Pennsylvania. The goal of our organization is to share:  our contacts, our experiences and our friendships.  We will inform you of the many professional agencies that we have in our area.  We will notify you of any important news or legislation that could affect your family.  We will listen to your concerns, share the fun and laughter at our family gatherings.

We are part of a team that will assist your child, and your family, as you navigate the world of autism.  No one should ever have the feeling that they are alone.

Autism Society - Northwestern Pennsylvania exists to improve the quality of life across the lifespan of persons on the Autism Spectrum and their families in Erie, Crawford, Venango, and Mercer Counties through:

▪ Advocacy     ▪ Education     ▪ Service     ▪ Support     ▪ Research 

Our activities are driven by the needs of our members. We promote an awareness of autism and other developmental disorders in the community at large and to that end educators, social workers, and other professionals are welcome as an integral part of our family.

New Data on Autism Spectrum Disorder Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 1 in 68 children (1 in 75 in Pennsylvania) has been identified with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  

ASA-NWPA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization

Next Step Guide

Now available!

The Autism Society promotes the active and informed involvement of family members and the individuals with autism in the planning of individualized, appropriate services and supports.  The Next Step Guidewas develop to help inform families of what is available for services and support.

Autism Society NWPA will make every effort to keep the Next Step Guide updated.  The guide (online) will be updated as information/services change.

Senate approves ABLE Act

The U.S. Senate passed the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE) -- a victory for grassroots advocacy for parents and people with disabilities. The Autism Society has worked with many partners in the disability community and with you, our members, to get this bill passed.

The ABLE Act allows for savings accounts for individuals with disabilities for certain expenses, like education, housing, and transportation, without jeopardizing certain important federal benefits such as SSI and Medicaid. The funds saved in these accounts, if managed correctly, can be another tool in planning for the lifetime support needs of an individual with disabilities. Up to $14,000 a year can be put in an ABLE account, with a cap of $100,000.

The bill must now be signed by the President to become law. Once the law is implemented in each state, the ABLE Act will allow the following:

1.    Enable people with disabilities or family members to put up to $14,000 per year in the account, up to $100,000 total amount.
2.    ABLE accounts could generally be rolled over only into another ABLE account for the same individual or into an ABLE account for a sibling who is also an eligible individual.
3.    The funds must be spent on qualified expenses related to the individual's disability, such as health, education, housing, transportation, training, assistive technology, personal support, and related services and expenses.

Sadly, the man who conceived and worked tirelessly to pass the legislation, Steve Beck of Burke, Virginia, died suddenly last week. Steve was 44 years old and the parent of two daughters, including Natalie who had a disability. Steve, along with a group of parents around his kitchen table, conceived the idea of a savings account for his daughter, similar to the 529 account used for college savings.  The passage of this Act is a wonderful tribute to the memory of Steve Beck.

As the process to open accounts for our family members with autism develops, we will keep our members informed as to next steps.  Thanks again for all your help on getting this legislation passed!

-Autism Society of America




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On behalf of the Board of Directors and our families, THANK YOU, for supporting the 12th Annual Walk for Autism.  We are grateful for the community support, sponsors, teams, families and volunteers!