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April is...

Autism Awareness Month

Celebrate Differences

Autism is the fastest growing developmental disorder in the United States, with 1 in 59 children diagnosed with autism.  Each April, we celebrate National Autism Awareness Month to spread awareness, promote acceptance, and ignite change.

Autism is a complex, lifelong developmental disability that affects essential human behaviors such as social interaction, the ability to communicate ideas and feelings, imagination, self-regulation, and the ability to establish relationships with others. 

Pennsylvania is among the only states with an administrative census initiative that counts individuals who are the spectrum receiving services from multiple systems. Using data from 2011, the Pennsylvania Autism Census Project found more than 55,000 individuals on the spectrum across the state. When we apply the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder established by the CDC Autism and Developmental Disability Monitoring Network (ADDM) in 2010, there may be more than 185,000 people on the spectrum in Pennsylvania.
In Pennsylvania, the Department of Human Services' efforts to enhance the quality of life and independence of Pennsylvanians with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and to support their families and caregivers goes above and beyond.

Pennsylvania's Adult Autism Programs

The Office of Developmental Programs supports children and adults with autism
through services and supports available in the following four (4) waivers:

The Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) is available to adults with autism
living in Dauphin, Lancaster, Cumberland, and Chester Counties in Pennsylvania.

Additional information about the application process for each program can be
found by clicking the links below.

Autism Services, Education, Resources & Training Collaborative (ASERT)

Autism RibbonThe ASERT Collaborative (Autism Services, Education, Resources and Training)  is a key component of the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations' strategy for supporting individuals with autism and their families throughout the Commonwealth. Connect with ASERT's Statewide Resource Center by visiting PAautism.org, calling toll-free in PA: 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org,
ASERTespanol@PAautism.org.

PA Autism Insurance Act (Act 62)

If you or someone you know is the parent of a child with autism, view information and resources about the PA Autism Insurance Act (Act 62)

To access the following reports, please use the links below.

Stress Awareness Month

Stress. It is something we don’t always notice is happening to us. Stress can be debilitating. Stress is a normal part of human existence – no one is immune to it. Whether it’s positive stress (like planning a wedding) or negative stress (such as getting laid off), everyone has felt the effects of stress at one point in their lives. Stress often manifests as physical symptoms, such as fatigue, headaches and muscle
tension and can even lead to serious health issues, such as cardiovascular disease. The most important thing to do is to make sure we have an arsenal of coping mechanisms to deal with the silent surge of stress when it rears it ugly head.

Practice the Big Three

There is a reason that eating healthy, exercising and getting enough sleep always appear on stress prevention lists. These three habits are the cornerstone to a happy, healthy life and their impact on stress is no different.

  • Eating a diet full of fresh, whole foods helps the body combat stress naturally. It is also wise to avoid stimulants like caffeine, alcohol and nicotine that can amplify stress, interfere with sleep and worsen the effects stress has on the body.
  • Getting the recommended amount of exercise lowers blood pressure and provides a healthy outlet to relieve stress. Rhythmic exercise such as walking, jogging and swimming has proven to be especially effective. Aim for 30 minutes of moderate activity, five days a week.
  • Not getting a proper amount of sleep makes it difficult to deal with stressful situations and can increase anxiety and depression. To establish a healthy sleeping routine, make sure to turn off all electronics at least 30 minutes prior to going to bed and try to establish a calming nighttime ritual, such as reading or meditating. This ritual will signal your mind to relax and prepare for a restful night’s sleep.

HOW TO OBSERVE STRESS AWARENESS MONTH

Practice meditation

One of the most effective ways to deal with stress is to learn how to silence the mind. Meditation is one of the most popular methods of achieving this quiet.

Exercise

Another way to battle the debilitating effects of stress is to exercise. Whether you're a jogger, bicyclist our just like to take long walks, be sure to get some fresh air and exercise into your daily routine.

Visit your doctor

They're really in the best position to get your started on the path to a stress-free lifestyle. Make an appointment today.

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