Autism Information Resources

The AJ Foundation continually seeks to find new ways to inform the public about autism spectrum disorder treatment options, advocacy issues and support. As such, we hope you find the following helpful. Autism

What is Autism?

Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a severely disabling neurological disorder that typically appears in children during the first three years of life. It is characterized by communication, social and cognitive disorders in varying degrees. On March 27, 2014, the CDC published “Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among Children 8 years old”. The study shows that the rate of autism has increased from 1 in 88 children born in 2000 to 1 in 68 children born in 2002. According to this report, the prevalence of autism in the state of Pennsylvania alone is 1 in 75 children born in 2001. Autism is the most common developmental disorder, yet it remains one of the most underfunded afflictions with respect to both research and services. Because this is a lifelong disability, individuals with autism can be institutionalized if they do not receive the appropriate intervention to help them become independent and productive members of society within their communities. But autism is TREATABLE.

What is Applied Behavior Analysis or ABA?

Behavioral Analysis is described as a scientifically validated approach to understanding behaviors and how they are affected by the environment. Since the 1960’s, therapists and teachers have been utilizing this teaching method, with great success, to help individuals with autism (and related disabilities) achieve their highest potential in varying stages of life. ABA programs focus on decreasing undesirable behavior as well as teaching appropriate functional skills through the use of positive reinforcement. A desired skill may be analyzed and divided into smaller parts. These parts would be taught to an individual slowly, using reinforcements, until the skill is learned. Parts of skills may also be learned separately and then chained together. ABA programs strive to integrate strategies for teaching new skills and managing behaviors considered problematic because skills and behaviors interact and influence each other. The effectiveness of instructional procedures based on ABA has been documented through years of research. This method of instruction is individualized thereby providing a highly structured format for each student with autism. Outcomes are assessed through on-going data collection and adjusted as needed based on such assessments. Research demonstrates that individuals with autism who receive intensive early intervention based on the principles of ABA experience significant improvements in learning, reasoning, communication and adaptability to family, home and community life along within the workplace. Some acquire skills that enable them to return to regular classrooms with little or no additional support. Generally, research has found that individuals who receive intensive ABA treatment make larger improvements in more skill areas than do individuals who participate in other interventions.

Website Resources

Asert – PA
Asert is a Pennsylvania Bureau of Services Initiative. A website for Pennsylvanians with autism, their families, communities, and the providers who support them.
Association for Behavior Analysis
Since 1974, the Association for Behavior Analysis International has been the primary membership organization for those interested in philosophy, science, application and teaching of behavior analysis.
Autism NJ
Autism NJ is the largest statewide outreach organization and network of parents and professionals dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorders in New
Autism Society of America
ASA began a nationwide awareness campaign in the early 70’s and today has more than 120,000 members and supporters.
Autism Speaks, Inc.
Autism Speaks, Inc., 1060 State Rd, 2nd Floor, Princeton, NJ 08540-1423, (609) 228-7310. The world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatment and cure for autism and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
Support and information for autism spectrum disorder.
Behavior Analyst Certification Board
The Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, Inc. (BACB®) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation established in 1998 to meet professional credentialing needs identified by behavior analysts, governments, and consumers of behavior analysis services.
Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support.
The Association for Science in Autism Treatment
The Association for Science in Autism Treatment (ASAT) is committed to science as the most objective, time-tested and reliable approach to discerning between safe, effective autism treatments, and those that are harmful or ineffective.

Local Support Groups

Autism Cares Foundation
The “Autism Cares Foundation” has focused on providing life enriching opportunities that enable families to participate together in various activities.  They have developed a series of events, activities and programs spanning various age groups in an attempt to bring some type of typicality to what can be a challenging and somewhat unpredictable household situation. Their future plans call for developing an Autism Center of Excellence and Life Enrichment Facility for adults with autism.
Greater Philadelphia Autism Society
– Promotes lifelong access and opportunities for persons within the autism spectrum and their families, to be fully included, participating members of their communities through advocacy, public awareness, education and research related to autism.For more information email them at or visit