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What is Disability?

An infographic with the title, "Disability Impacts ALL of US". It features a map of the USA with the caption, "26% (1 in 4) of adults in the United States have some type of disability."

A disability is any condition of the body or mind that makes it more difficult for the person with the condition to do certain activities and interact with the world around them.

Although “people with disabilities” sometimes refers to a single population, this is actually a diverse group of people with a wide range of needs. Two people with the same type of disability can be affected in very different ways. Some disabilities may be hidden or not easy to see.

Source: Disability and Health Overview | CDC

Resources for Youth and Families:

  • Transition Discoveries | Your Voice . Your Story . Your Future: The primary focus of Transition Discoveries is to empower communities to share leadership and collaboration to plan for life after high school with young people with disabilities, their families, and stakeholders.
  • Home - PYLN: The mission of the Pennsylvania Youth Leadership Network is to coordinate a network led and driven by inclusive organizations of youth and young adults with and without disabilities across Pennsylvania.
  • Disability Resource Guide in Southeast Pennsylvania ( Disability Resources in Southeast Pennsylvania. Main cities: Allentown, Bensalem, Bethlehem, Chester, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Norristown, Philadelphia, Reading, Upper Darby.
  • DON Connect ( Padlet of resources compiled by Disability Options Network.
  • The Three Parts of Self-Advocacy for People with Disabilities ( Self-advocacy, while important for everyone, is especially important for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Learning to advocate for yourself may seem daunting, but you don’t have to do it alone.
  • Self Advocates United as 1 ( Self Advocates United as 1 is a group of people who envision a world where people with developmental disabilities and their families are united to share knowledge, empower others, and use their voices to transform their communities and people’s lives.

Resources for Professionals:

Learn more about the Disability Rights Movement:

What is Autism?

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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability caused by differences in the brain. People with ASD may behave, communicate, interact, and learn in ways that are different from most other people.

There is no one way to be autistic. Some autistic people can speak, and some autistic people need to communicate in other ways. Some autistic people also have intellectual disabilities, and some autistic people don’t. Some autistic people need a lot of help in their day-to-day lives, and some autistic people only need a little help.

Source: What is Autism Spectrum Disorder? | CDCAbout Autism - Autistic Self Advocacy Network (

Resources for Youth and Families:

  • Autism Connection of PA: Our mission is to be a lifeline and hub for families and adults, providing support, information, and advocacy. Founded in 1996, the Autism Connection of Pennsylvania serves thousands of families, professionals, and adults seeking help for autism questions and concerns.
  • Autistic Self Advocacy Network ( Autistic Self Advocacy Network seeks to advance the principles of the disability rights movement with regard to autism. ASAN believes that the goal of autism advocacy should be a world in which autistic people enjoy equal access, rights, and opportunities.
  • Autism Employment Network: Creating workplace inclusion and community integration for those with autism in Allegheny County.
  • Resources – Welcome to the Autistic Community ( Here is a list of resources all about autism. This is a good page to check back on if you have more questions about autism. 

Resources for Professionals:

  • What is Autism? - YouTube: Informational video from the National Autistic Society in the UK.
  •, an ASERT Autism Resource Guide: ASERT (Autism Services, Education, Resources and Training) is a partnership of medical centers, centers of autism research and services, universities, and other providers involved in the treatment and care of individuals of all ages with autism and their families. ASERT was developed to bring together resources locally, regionally, and statewide.


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