Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), describes a spectrum of needs and strengths across social interactions, communication, and other aspects of everyday life. Autism affects each individual differently and impacts people of all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the prevalence of autism has increased and that 1 in every 59 children are on the spectrum.
The Pennsylvania Autism Census found there were 4,167 individuals on the spectrum in Philadelphia receiving services in 2014.
The Philadelphia Autism Project supports autistic individuals and their families living in Philadelphia through:
The Philadelphia Autism Project was established in 2013 by the office of former City Councilmember-at-Large Dennis M. O’Brien and continues to be supported through the office of City Councilmember-at-Large Derek S. Green. The Philadelphia Autism Project works in tandem with the statewide Autism Services, Education, Resources and Training (ASERT) Collaborative.
The Philadelphia Autism Project works in partnership with Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS) and Community Behavioral Health (CBH). It is the first citywide initiative of its kind and is located at the Policy and Analytics Center (PAC) at the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute.