Support For Parents

Welcome to the tour of our web site!

To begin the tour, we have provided a series of web pages that describe the many aspects of autism, starting with seeking an Autism Diagnosis, covering the Signs and Symptoms of Autism, the Characteristics of Autism, and the Treatment Goals for Autism, and ending with a Glossary of Terms.

If you are seeking help and understanding for raising a child with ASD, you can join one of our Support Groups for parents of children on the autism spectrum. The leaders of these support groups are often parents of autistic children themselves, and provide support for managing the daily stresses of raising a child with autism. Our list of Autism Support Groups in PA is organized by county, so you can quickly find a support group in your area.

For more information about autism and related disorders, you can visit our extensive autism Lending Library, consisting of over 800 books, DVDs, videos, and other media. You can request up to four items each month, and we ship for free to anywhere in Pennsylvania!

In our Autism Resources section, you can see our large list of organizations and businesses that support the autism community. You can also find useful information about getting Medical Assistance and Health Insurance Coverage for people with autism. These resources include our Autism Wraparound Directory, a county-by-county list of respite services in Pennsylvania available to children with autism, provided by parents and service professionals experienced with raising autistic children.

For children and teens in elementary through high school, we provide a series of Autism Self-Advocacy School Workbooks. These are downloadable PDF booklets that can be filled out by both parents and children to provide information to teachers about what supports the student with ASD needs. We also offer a listing of paid Autism Research Studies that research the possible causes of autism as well as effective treatments.

For ongoing autism information, you can Sign Up for our weekly E-Blast and our free quarterly Newsletter. Our emails and newsletters cover useful information from the autism community, including current research and news from our many support group leaders.

Our emails also cover current Community Events, Conferences, and our regular Autism Fundraisers. Please see our Calendar of Events to see which events you would like to attend.

You can also help us continue our good work by Donating to ABOARD’s Autism Connection of PA, Contributing a Book to our library, Shopping at our store, or Volunteering.

  • Autism Resources

  • Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community

    Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community

    Stage AE

    Saturday, May 17, 2014

    5k Walk: 9:00 a.m.

    One-Mile Fun Walk: 9:15 a.m.



  • Register Now for the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community

    The evening will include stations featuring jobs,
    volunteer work and hobbies of
    adults with autism in our community
    Thursday, April 24, 2014
    6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

    Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
    6300 Fifth Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15232
  • Pittsburgh Marathon Team

    Register for the race of your choice here

    For questions, email Jennifer at

  • Art March-March 30th 1pm-4pm




    • a hand-drumming class lead by a professional percussionist, who is a certified teacher extremely experienced in autism
    • a couple of galleries with cool art including Robots Alive at SPACE galler
    • relax in the Harris theater for free short films shown in autism-friendly style (lights halfway up, sound turned down)
    • get into the arts with puppet and mural making in a great indoor space



  • Autism Friendly Easter Bunny

    Autism Friendly Easter Bunny visits will be at

    Ross Park Mall and South Hills Village

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

    9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

    Registration available here

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