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, the 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 support 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:

Barb

“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.”

John

“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!”

Stella

“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.”
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About Us

Families recognize us 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

Please get in touch with the office (814) 455-3540 to view a copy of our Form 990

Events

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.

YOU HELPED CHANGE THE ODDS | Walk for Autism

SAVE THE DATE – Autism Society NWPA Flagship Event!
Saturday, April 26, 2025

We Appreciate YOU!

We want to extend our sincere gratitude to all of you for your incredible support and dedication at the 23rd Annual Walk for Autism. Despite the challenging weather conditions, your enthusiasm and positivity made the day truly amazing.

Your presence and participation not only showcased your commitment to our cause but also highlighted the strength of our Erie community. Together, we are fostering understanding, and providing vital therapeutic programs, education, and unwavering support to individuals and families living with Autism.

Thank you for being a part of this journey and for your continued support of our signature event. Your contributions are making a profound difference in the lives of many.

With heartfelt appreciation,
Autism Society NWPA Board of Directors, Staff, and Walk Directors & Team Leaders.

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Jul.
12
Mom’s “Whine” and Cheese | Autism Society Family Center

Mom’s Whine & Cheese is for moms to relax and enjoy fellowship with other moms with children on the Autism spectrum. This is a free event. Just bring your favorite snack and drinks. Come relax and enjoy some fellowship and downtime with other Autism Society moms. Where:  Autism Society Family …

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Jul.
14
Summer Family Picnic | Sunview Miniature Golf | Sunview Miniature Golf

Families will enjoy a light lunch of hot dog, chips and a fountain drink, along with 1 round of mini golf! Bumper boat tickets may be purchased on-site from the venue at a discounted rate of $4.00 per ride, Go Cart Tickets – $8.00. WHEN: Sunday, July 14,2024 WHERE: Sunview Miniature …

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Aug.
03
Movie Night at UPMC Park – Wonka | UPMC Ball Park

Children ages three and younger receive free admission and do not need a ticket. Tickets can be purchased in advance at SeaWolves.com or the UPMC Park ticket office at 831 French Street. Audio will be VERY loud in the stadium seating bowl and concourses. For the best viewing experience, seating …

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Sep.
08
Scallywags Pirate Family Fun Cruise | Scallywags

Join the crew of Scallywags for a fun family adventure. Your adventure begins with dressing as a pirate, hoisting the colors. Once underway, our pirate crew will teach you how to talk, sing and dance like a pirate. They will share the tales of Lake Erie and explain how the …

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