The Vista School in Hershey, Pennsylvania

I have just added The Vista School, located in Hershey, Pennsylvania, to the Pennsylvania Autism Schools section of The Autism Education Site. The Vista School was founded in 2002 with a two-fold mission:

1) operate a day school and provide other educational and therapeutic programs for children diagnosed with autism employing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis in a consistent and intensive manner and (2) to act as a resource to local school districts and parents striving to meet the considerable needs of the children in their care

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  1. Please publicize to autism parents: government agency seeking public input

    Please feel free to forward this to any person you think would be interested.

    More information at

    On September 15, 2008, members of the Services Subcommittee will meet to review all public comments submitted to date, and will present these comments at the next meeting of the full Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, which is scheduled for November 21, 2008. Members of the public are invited to participate in the September 15 Services Subcommittee meeting by conference call; for more information, please consult the public notice posted on the U.S. Government Printing Office website.


    Request for Information: Priorities for the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee Services Subcommittee for Autism Spectrum Disorders
    Notice Number: NOT-MH-08-016
    Key Dates:

    Release Date: August 11, 2008
    Response Date: September 19, 2008
    Issued by: National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

    The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to seek input from Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) stakeholders including individuals with ASD and their families, autism advocates, State officials, scientists, health professionals, therapists, educators, and the public at large about what they consider to be high-priority issues and concerns surrounding services and supports for children, youth, and adults with ASD.

    The Combating Autism Act of 2006 (Public Law 109-416) re-established the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) and, among other duties, requires that the IACC develop a strategic plan for ASD research. The IACC includes both members who are active in the area of ASD research funding, services, or advocacy, including several members who have family members with ASD, and one member with ASD. In March of 2008 the IACC established the Services Subcommittee, to assess and improve services and supports for people with ASD and their families. A previous IACC developed an ASD Services Roadmap, which is available on the IACC Website above. This RFI is a next step to obtain updated information about present and future services and supports to individuals with ASD, and their families across the lifespan.
    Information Requested

    The IACC is interested in receiving your input and ideas about high-priority questions and issues surrounding services and supports to people with ASD of all ages, and specific research initiatives on ASD services and supports. For example, information is sought in the following areas that impact services and supports across the lifespan: education services, health and medical services (including dental), housing, transitions, employment, community inclusion, safety, older adults, finances, guardianship, and estate planning.

    Please send responses to no later than September 19, 2008. Please limit your response to one page and mark with this RFI identifier, NOT-MH-08-016, in the subject line. The responses received through this RFI will be collated, summarized, and provided to the IACC Services Subcommittee and the public. Any proprietary information should be so marked. The collected information will be analyzed and may appear in reports. Although the IACC Services Subcommittee will try to protect against the release of identifying information there is no guarantee of confidentiality.

    A summary of the results obtained from the responses to this RFI will be available to the public on the IACC Website.

    Inquiries regarding this notice may be directed to:

    Azik Schwechter, Ph.D.
    Office of Autism Research Coordination
    National Institute of Mental Health
    6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 8203, MSC 9669
    Bethesda, MD 20892-9669
    Telephone: (301) 443-7613
    FAX: (301) 480-4415

  2. Deborah Wetzel says:

    There is also a number of autism schools run by NHS [Northwestern Human Services] in Pennsylvania. My daughter works as a TSS/PCA at one of the schools they have about 8 Schools in PA.