ALAW's mission is to help adults with autism/ASD form and sustain households, hold jobs, and contribute to community life, through individual supports and accomodations.
ALAW demonstrates that adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (hereafter “autism”) can be accommodated in order to live as valued neighbors, workers and full citizens of our Commonwealth.
Building on the Autism Pilot Program (now known as the Adult Autism Program) developed jointly with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare’s former Office of Social Programs, ALAW promotes appropriate support services and accommodations for adults with autism.
These support services and accommodations:
- Are developed in collaboration with persons with autism themselves.
- Facilitate their living in regular neighborhoods, working at regular jobs, and participating in community groups and events.
- Are responsive to their individual needs, preferences, culture, and values.
- Foster recognition of their worth and contribution as neighbors and co-workers.
- ALAW works to assure that such appropriate supports and services become available to other adults with autism throughout our Commonwealth. This will be accomplished through:
- Passage of a law creating an autism services system for adults in Pennsylvania.
- Formation of households through home purchase or construction or rental assistance.
- Offering Support Coordination services for recipients of the Pennsylvania OBRA Waiver.
- Outreach to other families of adults with autism in our Commonwealth.
ALAW's newest venture to continue our mission is Support Coordination services for recipients of the PA OBRA waiver.