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What programs are available in Pennsylvania for children with autism?

"I am the parent of a 16 year old autistic boy. We currently live in Maryland and are planning to move to Shippensburg, PA in the near future. I am not familiar with the programs offered in PA. My son is currently enrolled in the Autism Waver Program in Md and I was wondering if these programs are available in PA and how do I transfer him over? If this program is not available, could you please let me know what programs are available in PA?"

Asked by KM via email.
In Topics: Choosing a school, Autism & Aspergers Syndrome
> 60 days ago

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LouiseSattler
Apr 15, 2010
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What the Expert Says:

Hello- I would like to direct you to a great organization that is Pennsylvania based- Kyles Treehouse. This is a support, information and advocacy group established by Jen Westphal who is the parent of a teen boy with autism.

To find more information please view http://www.Kylestreehouse.org

Good luck!

Louise Masin Sattler, NCSP
Nationally Certified School Psychologist
Owner of SigningFamilies.com
Host of Learning and Laughter with Louise

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hlevitan
hlevitan , Teacher writes:
Hello KM,

Moving can be a difficult time, and it is good that you are looking into special needs programs for your son before you move.

Below is an article titled "Pennsylvania State Disability Resources,” that provides organizations and program contact information for children with special needs.

"Pennsylvania State Disability Resources”
http://www.education.com/reference/article/Ref_Pennsylvania_State/

Here are some organizations I pulled out from the above article you may find helpful:

Karl Smelser, Director
Marie Mambuca, Family Support Coordinator
ABOARD (Advisory Board on Autism and Related Disorders)
35 Wilson Street, Suite 100
Pittsburgh, PA 15223
(412) 781-4116; (800) 827-9385
E-mail: info@aboard.org
Web: www.aboard.org

Cindy Waeltermann, Director
AutismLink
376 Wagon Wheel Trail
Wexford, PA 15090
(412) 364-1886
E-mail: info@autismlink.com
Web: www.autismlink.com

Autism Society of America
7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 300
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 657-0881; (800) 3-AUTISM
Web: www.autism-society.org

Here is a helpful resource you can use to help find good schools in the area where you plan to move:

Pennsylvania Schools
http://www.education.com/schoolfinder/us/pennsylvania/

Best wishes researching programs!

Regards,

Hayley
> 60 days ago

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