The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP), Bureau of Autism Services (BAS) announced the discontinuation of the Family & Individual Mini-Grant Program. Designed as a short-term project, last year was the final year the mini-grants we able to be offered.
The program was offered for eight years, providing resources to individuals and families unable to access existing support systems for various reasons, such as eligibility criteria, age, or waiting lists. The program was offered with the understanding that it would not be something that could be sustained permanently since needs are great and funding is limited.
From 2007-2014, $6,747,840.53 in grants (up to $500 each) to 14,980 families and individuals with autism throughout the Commonwealth were provided, impacting the lives of many young people and their families.
With an estimated 36,000 adults with autism in Pennsylvania by 2020, the challenge will be to continue to build capacity to meet the complex needs of these adults, while also assisting their families and the providers who work with them.
For information about other resources that are available in your region, stay connected through the ASERT Resource Center by visiting www.PAautism.org or calling 1-877-231-4244.
Source: Bureau of Autism Services