Support for Professionals

Welcome to the tour of our web site.

National Institute of Mental Heath Autism Study

In the About Autism section of this web site, there is a nine page tour that covers many aspects of autism. These nine pages were excepted from a more detailed medical article which contains extensive references and resources. If you prefer, you may read the original article here: NIMH Autism Spectrum Study. To order a printed copy, call 1-866-615-NIMH (6464). For additional information, please visit the NIMH Web site.

Support Groups

ABOARD’s Autism Connection of PA offers over fifty support groups throughout Pennsylvania. Most of these groups serve parents of people with autism, as well as their children. There are also several social groups that serve teens and adults with autism. You can read a more detailed description of these groups on our Support Groups Page, and view a complete list of Autism Support Groups in PA sorted by county.

Autism Resources

Our Autism Resources pages were specifically written to serve autism professionals. On these pages we cover:

  • Autism Resources: Our online directory of autism resources.
  • Autism Lending Library: Our library, containing over 800 books and other media about autism.
  • Lending Library Information: Information about Our library, including a book request form. You can request up to four books per month. We will ship books for free to anywhere in Pennsylvania.
  • Autism Tool Kit: Resources to help children, teens, and adults with autism interact successfully at home, in school, and in the workplace.
  • Medical Assistance: Information on how people with autism can receive Medical Assistance.
  • Health Insurance Coverage: Information about health insurance coverage for people with autism.
  • Autism Research Studies: A list of paying studies that aid in autism research.
  • Autism Student Checklists: Printable self-advocacy booklets for grade school and high school students, as well as a guide for teachers.
  • Autism Wraparound Directory: A list of respite services in Pennsylvania available to people with autism from ages 3 to 21.

Autism Events

We participate in and sponsors many Autism Events every year.

  • Many of these events are Autism Community Events for families of people with autism, and are open to the entire autism community.
  • Some of these events are educational Autism Conferences, providing the latest information about autism and related disorders. Most of these seminars provide continuing education credits to professionals.
  • We also sponsor Autism Fundraisers that help our organization continue its good work providing autism support.

Ways to Contribute to ABOARD’s Autism Connection of PA

As a non-profit organization, a significant part of our revenue comes from donations.

  • You can make Donations to our organization through PayPal, Purchase, or GoodSearch.
  • You can also become a Partner and help us support the autism community. As a Partner, you will be acknowledged in our quarterly newsletter, your web site will be linked to from our site, and you will receive discounted exhibitor rates at our conferences.
  • You can Donate a Book or other item to our statewide lending library. If you have unneeded books, DVDs, or other media that are related to autism, we would greatly appreciate your donation. Your contribution may be tax deductible, and you will be acknowledged by an official Note of Thanks placed inside each item.
  • We always welcome Volunteers. There are many ways that you can help out, including clerical work, volunteering at our autism events, and lending your special talents, such as fundraising or grant writing. You can also volunteer to be a member of our Professional Advisory Council.
  • You can also Show Your Support by writing letters to Congress, promoting our organization on your web site or blog, or writing letters of support to friends and family.

Our Community

Our community is filled with dedicated individuals and organizations who are committed to supporting people with autism and their families.

  • Our Staff: Our helpful staff are the first point of contact for many of your clients. Our Family Service Coordinators are available by phone or email from 10:00am to 3:00pm, Monday through Friday.
  • Our Board of Directors: Our dedicated Board of Directors are responsible for making organizational policy decisions.
  • Our Professional Advisory Council: The members of our Professional Advisory Council provide our organization with advice and guidance.
  • Our Partners: Our Partners are businesses, organizations, and corporations that have supported our organization over the years.

Contact Us

You can Contact Us from 10:00am to 3:00pm, Monday through Friday. Contact us by phone: 412-781-4116, or toll free: 1-800-827-9385. Contact us by email: support@AutismOfPA.org

You can send us correspondence, or visit our offices at:

ABOARD
35 Wilson Street, Suite 100
Pittsburgh, PA 15223

E-Blast and Newsletter

You can stay up to date with what is happening at ABOARD’s Autism Connection of PA with a Subscription to our weekly E-Blast and quarterly Newsletter.

You can also see past issues in our E-Blast Archive and our Newsletter Archive.

  • Autism Resources

  • Fall Conference 2014

    Language Development in Autism Spectrum Disorders Across the Lifespan

    Wednesday, November 5, 2014
    8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Robert Morris University
    Sewell Center
    6001 University Blvd.
    Moon Township, PA 15108

    Presenter: Diane L. Williams, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

    For more information and Registration — Click HERE

     

     

  • Adaptive Dance with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

    Getting Into The Nutcracker:  Adaptive Dance for middle and high school students

    Sundays – September 21, 2014 – October 12, 2014, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

    $20 per person

    Please pre-register by calling 412-454-9105

    For more information visit the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

  • Monthly Grandparent Group

    Monthly Grandparent Group

    Fourth Monday of every month

    Monday, September 22 -10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

    REGISTER HERE

     

  • Free MCHAT Training

    FREE class for teachers, nurses, childcare workers, or other professionals.

    McKeesport First Steps
    339 Fifth Avenue, 2nd Floor
    McKeesport, PA 15132
    Wednesday, October 8, 2014
    11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    Lunch Provided
  • Sibshops Information Night

    Parents, grandparents, caregivers and ADULT SIBLINGS,
    please join us to talk about siblings’ effects on each other,
    and explore an international model of sibling support now available in Pittsburgh!
    Autism Connection of PA Community Room
    35 Wilson Street, Suite 101
    Pittsburgh, PA 15223
    Thursday, September 18, 2013
    6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m