Autism Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania

We create connections, empowering everyone in the Autism community with the resources needed to live fully.

For over 25 years, Autism Society NWPA has provided support for individuals and families living with an autism spectrum disorder in Erie, Crawford, Venango, and Mercer Counties.

As a local organization, Autism Society NWPA provides individuals and families with support, referrals, mentors, education, and most importantly a community of understanding. We are continuing to make efforts to increase our supports across the lifespan for individuals and families living with an autism spectrum disorder.

We are creating a world where everyone in the Autism community is connected to the support they need, when they need it.

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Leadership Service

Board & Committee Leadership Opportunities

Volunteers are an invaluable part of our team.  Volunteers increase the quality of services and programming that we are able to provide.  By connecting our volunteers’ skills with our community needs, we will ensure we can continue to provide essential support to individuals and families living with an autism spectrum disorder.

Board of Directors Opportunity ~ Autism Society desires individuals who reflect diversity including, but not limited to, age, gender, sexual orientation, geography, economic status, disability, and ethnicity.  Serving on the board is a rewarding experience and an opportunity for personal and professional growth.

Board applications will be kept confidential and on file at the Autism Society NWPA office. Interested in applying:


“Working on the board is rewarding because we are able to transform ideas for meeting our members’ needs into actions by planning and funding programs.”


“As a board member of the Autism Society NWPA, seeing the kids and young adults that benefit from our programs and services is all the reward I could ever ask for. Seeing the parents and caregivers relieved to have a place where their children are welcomed, respected, and cared for is the icing on the cake!”


“When a person very dear to you is on the Autism spectrum, you understand more about the gifts they bring to the world, but also you know more about the challenges they face. I volunteer on the board for Autism Society Northwestern Pennsylvania because it is important to me that all of the children and families that need services in our community have those programs and services available to them. It’s one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and I’m proud to be a part of an organization that is making a difference in the lives of our clients and families.”

About Us

We are recognized by families as their trusted resource for therapies, education, and assistance. Families have few options for help. We provide access to the best information and resources available as well as entry into a kindhearted community network of parents, professionals, and educators throughout our service area.

Autism Society Northwestern Pennsylvania is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization
View our Annual Report
Please contact the office (814) 455-3540 to view a copy of our Form 990


Autism Society NWPA offers monthly FAMILY sensory and social opportunities for families to get together. The monthly outings are designed to develop: community awareness and interaction through structured community based experiences; and develop and maintain recreation and leisure skills. The outings are opened to all families living with an autism spectrum disorder.

Walk for Autism

SAVE THE DATE – 22nd Annual Walk for Autism
Saturday, April 29, 2023

The Walk for Autism is our signature event which brings together thousands of participants and funds approximately 55% of our annual budget to maintain and increase our therapeutic programs and educational opportunities for individuals and families living with Autism in our community.

THE DHILLON FAMILY | 2023 Walk Chair Family
It is often said, “It takes a village to raise a child.” This adage especially rings true for families with Autistic individuals. The Autism Society NWPA has been vital in providing ongoing support to our family through its resources and community-based programs. Our daughter, Neelym, is currently in her second year at the LEGO Social Club. This program has been instrumental in improving her confidence, social, and communication skills. We have also had the opportunity to participate in the Autism in Flight program. Through this simulation exercise, we were able to navigate through an airport with our children and learned valuable tools to ensure a safe and enjoyable flying experience. As a result, we were able to successfully embark on an international flight for the first time as a family with our two Autistic children—a vacation we will always cherish. - Kieran & Sunny Dhillon

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JAMESTOWN JACKALS | Autism Awareness Game | Jamestown Community College

—— COMPLIMENTARY TICKETS —- Jamestown Jackals [Professional Minor League Basketball team] owners invite YOU to join them for an Autism Awareness Game. WHEN: SUNDAY, APRIL 2,2023 TIME: 3:00 PM WHERE:  Jamestown Community College | 525 Falconer Street Jamestown NY 14701 DEADLINE: Wednesday, MARCH 29, 2023 | PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED

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The Autism Whisperer – Bill Stillman in Erie! | Mercyhurst University

William Stillman, The Autism Whisperer William Stillman has been dubbed “The Autism Whisperer,” by talk show host Frankie Picasso, for his innate ability to understand and interpret children and adults on the autism spectrum. Lisa Jo Rudy,’s autism moderator, has said, “William Stillman is one of the few who can …

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Walk for Autism | Lake Erie Speedway

22nd Annual Walk for Autism | Saturday, April 29, 2023 Celebrating 22 years of the Annual Walk for Autism – supporting our local community We are proud to introduce our 2023 Walk Chair Family – The Dhillon Family! DATE:      Saturday, April 29, 2023 Registration Time:    9:30 am to …

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Preschool ~ Pre- K Meet Up | Autism Society NWPA Family Center

Join us for a Preschool ~ Pre-K Meet Up in a safe, comfortable, relaxing setting at the Autism Society NWPA Family Center. Playgroup & Parent Mingle | Age 2 to 5 WHEN:     Wednesday May 17th, 2023 TIME:     3:00PM – 5:00PM WHERE:     ASNWPA Family Center BRING:     Items of …

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