Pa. starts clearinghouse for autism info, services
By The Associated Press
Published: 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 www.PAautism.org.
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.
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