| State

Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Pa. starts clearinghouse for autism info, services

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Associated Press
Monday, June 3, 2013, 4:21 p.m.

HARRISBURG — The state Department of Public Welfare is establishing a website, toll-free number and specialists to help families and parents of the autistic get information and guidance.

The department said Monday that the ASERT Statewide Resource Center can be found by calling 1-877-231-4244 or online at

The agency's acting secretary, Beverly Mackereth, says one in 88 children are now being diagnosed with autism.

The center is designed to offer information about local, regional and statewide events, as well as professional training, community resources, services and research.

It's being funded by the department's Bureau of Autism Services and is a partnership of medical centers, autism research centers, universities, community organizations and service providers.



Show commenting policy

Most-Read Pennsylvania

  1. 2 Greene County residents charged with killing 3 in W.Va.
  2. Pennsylvania liquor licenses are considered ‘better than gold’
  3. Mother, maternal grandparents charged in abuse of Mercer County boy
  4. Environmental groups win in open records case against Corbett
  5. Pa. pension costs pull from school districts, college students, turnpike
  6. Stronger laws in play in Mercer County starvation case
  7. State police investigating Lawrence County murder-suicide
  8. GM ignition switch woes spur Casey, Blumenthal to propose anti-harm bill
  9. No fast answer to drilling questions, Pa. health chief says
  10. Adopted son talks of Sandusky’s bedtime ‘ritual’
  11. Pa. to host international Mennonite conference
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.