AZTAC is committed to Autism Awareness and the journey to meet the needs of individuals with ASD. Our primary goal is to help individuals, support groups, and agencies obtain the funding they need to provide quality services.
The frightening fact is that the U.S. Department of Health CDC released data in 2007 that 1 in 150 eight-year-olds in multiple areas of the country have some form of ASD. Pennsylvania was one of the 16 states in Phase 1 (1999-2006) of this study, and remains one of eleven states in Phase 2 (2006-2010). The goal of the ADDM (Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring) Network is to provide comparable, population-based estimates of the prevalence rates of autism and related disorders in different sites over time. The PADDSP (Pennsylvania Autism and Developmental Disabilities Surveillance Program), is part of the ADDM.
What is Autism, Autistic Disorder, ASD, and PDD?
Although Autism is getting much attention these days, there is still a long way to go to relieve the many burdens for individuals and families who are trying to make an everyday life for their loved ones. They pay out of pocket for many expenses and cannot obtain the professional and respite help that they need. While facing these struggles, marriages and family units suffer due to the stress, financial strain, and time-consuming efforts.
AZTAC was involved with Special Needs Advocacy and Parent Support Group (SNAPS) in the Harrisburg area. With the assistance of AZTAC, the support group received approval for a grant from the Bureau of Autism, Department of Public Welfare for the purpose of setting up a website and to continue monthly meetings of the group.
AZTAC is available to provide assistance to agencies or other groups serving those with ASD. Our goal is to help you navigate the system and get you what you need. Watch for new information and other opportunities in the future.
Check back often for updates, as we will try to keep you up to date on what is happening. Call anytime.
More information may also be found at the Bureau of Autism Services, Office of Developmental Programs, Department of Public Welfare.