Autism NWPA: Affiliate of the Year 2023

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November 2, 2023, Rockville, MD – The Autism Society of America is thrilled to share that Autism Society Northwestern Pennsylvania (NWPA) has been named the 2023 Affiliate of the Year. Among ~70 affiliates nationwide, we’re honored for our unwavering commitment to support individuals and families affected by Autism. Each affiliate is independent, sharing the Autism Society brand, and we take pride in our mission to empower and educate our community.

Their programs like “Skills to Pay the Bills” equip individuals with essential life and job skills. “Friends & Pals Teen Club Bridge to Success” fosters social skills. The Autism Society NWPA runs other programs such as “Autism 101: Embracing Neurodiversity in the Workplace” which works to promote inclusivity and “Drive to Success”, which provides practical training, and “Family Sensory & Social Outings” offer inclusive community events.

“The Autism Society NWPA truly embodies who we are, connecting people to the resources they need through education, advocacy, support, information and referral, and community programming.” said Christopher Banks, President & CEO of the Autism Society of America “Through the leadership of Tish Barlett, the Autism Society NWPA has made great strides in working to further inclusion and accessibility for local members of their community.”

“Receiving the 2023 Affiliate of the Year award is a great honor, motivating us to continue making a difference in the lives of those we serve.” said Tish Bartlett, Executive Director of Autism Society NWPA “This recognition reaffirms that our work has a real impact, inspiring us to redouble our efforts in the years ahead. With humility, we accept this award, renewing our commitment to building stronger, more resilient, and thriving families and individuals in our community. “


The Autism Society’s mission is to create connections, empowering everyone in the Autism community with the resources needed to live fully. As the nation’s oldest leading grassroots Autism organization, the Autism Society and its approximately ~70 local affiliates serve over half a million members of the Autism community each year. It envisions a world where everyone in the Autism community is connected to the support they need, when they need it – including education, advocacy efforts, and supports and services throughout the lifespan. For more information visit the Autism Society at, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Autism Society NWPA is a dedicated local affiliate, focusing on individuals and families within Erie, Crawford, Mercer, and Venango Counties. Our mission is to empower those affected by autism by offering essential life skills and fostering a nurturing community of support. We understand the unique challenges faced by individuals on the autism spectrum and their loved ones, and we are committed to providing resources, education, and advocacy. Our goal is to enhance the quality of life for people with autism and create an inclusive, accepting environment where they can thrive. Through a range of programs and initiatives, we strive to promote understanding, acceptance, and the development of necessary skills that enable individuals with Autism to lead fulfilling lives. Facebook Instagram

Tish Bartlett, Executive Director
3308 State Street Erie PA 16508
(814) 455-3540 |