Autism Society Northwestern Pennsylvania

The goal of our organization is to share: our contacts, our experiences and our friendships. We will inform you of the many professional agencies that we have in our area. We will notify you of any important news or legislation that could affect your family. We will listen to your concerns, share the fun and laughter at our family gatherings.

We are part of a team that will assist you and your family, as you navigate the world of autism.
No one should ever have the feeling that they are alone.

Autism Society Northwestern Pennsylvania exists to improve the quality of life across the lifespan of persons on the Autism Spectrum and their families in Erie, Crawford, Venango, and Mercer Counties through:

Advocacy   Education   Service   Support   Research

Our activities are driven by the needs of our families. We promote an awareness of autism and other developmental disorders in the community at large and to that end, educators, social workers, and other professionals are welcome as an integral part of our family.

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 was privileged to receive the Charles H. Bracken Excellence in Nonprofit Governance Award. The award was presented to Autism Society NWPA Executive Director, Tish Bartlett, and Board Secretary, Natalie Braddock, at the 2019 Nonprofit Day by Adam Bratton, Executive Director Nonprofit Partnership.

The award exist to acknowledge exemplary governance in nonprofit organizations. This represents the commitment, conscientious efforts, and engagement of the Autism Society NWPA Board of Directors.

Thank you, Nonprofit Partnership and Bracken family, for this distinction.

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Movie Night at UPMC Park & Picnic | LUCA
August 13 @ 7:00PM - 10:00PM

Movie Nights at UPMC Park are back and this year we’re having our annual summer picnic before the movie!  Our picnic will include a hot dog, chips, and a soft drink or bottled water. Desserts will be provided by the Recreation and Family Support Committee. The picnic begins at 7:15. . .

Sensory Friendly Day at the Erie SeaWolves
September 4 @ 1:35 pm - 3:30pm

Join Autism Society NWPA as the SeaWolves take on the Bowie Baysox A sensory-friendly day at the ballpark will include: sensory break area reduced music levels Autism Society NWPA resources on the concourse For a day of family fun To see tomorrow’s Major League stars To increase awareness After every. . .

Friends & Pals Teen Social & Bridge to Success
September 8 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 Pm

Friends & Pals Teen Club (age 13 – 21) provides an opportunity for friendship, conversation, and FUN! Teenagers need more independent social skills once they leave school for college or the job market. Our group gives teens on the Autism spectrum an opportunity to utilize their social skills and practice. . .

Welcome to Building Connections | LEGO Social Club
September 10 @ Erie Sessions: 9:30am -11:00am - Crawford Session: 9:30am - 11:00am

Welcome to Building Connections We are pleased to announce our official name is……Building Connections. The LEGO Social Club is an effective way for children and teens with social difficulties associated with an autism spectrum disorder to improve their social interactions and communication skills. The club is designed for grades K – 12 and. . .


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Autism Does Not Take a Break During a Pandemic