Are These Needs Special? #NotSpecialNeeds

Are These Needs special?

*NOT SPECIAL NEEDS | March 21 – World Down Syndrome Day | #NotSpecialNeeds

Words are important; they represent the alphabet of our culture. If we want to change our culture then we must start by reflecting on the words that we use and what they reveal about how we think. We need to educate ourselves and others about how changes in language can demolish prejudice, change our mindsets and, as a consequence, our reality.

 Ask yourself: what “special needs” does a person with Down syndrome really have? Check out to discover a new perspective.





*This video is being distributed freely to help disseminate information, and educate people about down syndrome. SAU1 does not own this video, and all credit is given to the original author. Because this information is being distributed freely for educational purposes this would fall under fair use. You can view source citations and fair use definition HERE.

PAautism and ASERT – Autism Needs Assessment Survey Coming Soon!


The Bureau of Autism Services is partnering with the Autism Services, Education, Resources and Training Collaborative (ASERT) to learn more about the needs of individuals with autism across Pennsylvania. To support this effort, ASERT will soon be conducting an Autism Needs Assessment survey.

*Above statement corrected 4/26/17

How can you help?

  • Encourage parents of children with autism and individuals over the age of 18 to complete the PA Autism Needs Assessment at or complete the paper copy mailed to them.

Do you work with a family or individuals over 18 would who prefer a paper copy of the PA Autism Needs Assessment?

  • You can call ASERT to request a paper copy for them, or give them the ASERT phone number (1-877-231-4244) or Email (

Who gets the Autism Needs Assessment?

  • Parents of a child with autism or an individual with autism over 18 can complete the survey.
    Anyone, regardless of if they have received a letter, can complete the survey on the website.

Where can I find more information?

  • Frequently asked questions (FAQ) are on the PAautism website,
  • Call the ASERT Resource Center at 1-877-231-4244
  • Email


PA autism ASERT

Completing the PA Autism Needs Assessment in no way impacts program enrollment or services.

ASERT can also connect you with helpful resources and tools, as well as news on training opportunities and events in your community. Please visit to learn more about ASERT, sign up for our newsletter, and create an account to start pinning resources. To learn more about autism in your county visit the PA Autism Census Page.


Additional Information

In preparation for the release of the survey, we are requesting that you review the attached PDF, which explains important details about the upcoming survey, including different options individuals and families will have to complete the survey. We ask that you help to share this information, and encourage individuals with autism and their parents/caregivers to complete the needs assessment. To stay up to date with the PA Autism Needs Assessment please visit:

Click HERE To View or Download The Original Document


If you have questions on the Needs Assessment, you can call the ASERT Resource Center at 1-877-231-4244 or email

Mailing Address:

Department of Human Services | ODP | Bureau of Autism Services

625 Forster St Room 605| Hbg PA 17105
Phone: 866.539.7689 | Fax: 717.265.7761  


Supporting Pennsylvanians with developmental disabilities to achieve greater independence, choice and opportunity in their lives.


Milestone HCQU West’s iPad Lending Program

Provides iPads on loan to evaluate as assistive technology.

Touch-screen technologies like the iPad have revolutionized the lives of many people with disabilities. Apps designed to aid with communication, daily living, and motor skills have unlocked a world of both inclusion and independence that some have never before experienced.

Do you support a person who you think might benefit from an iPad, but would like to try it first? Maybe we can help!
  • This FREE service is available to individuals with intellectual and
    developmental disabilities who reside in Armstrong, Beaver, Butler,
    Clarion, Crawford, Indiana, Lawrence, Mercer, and Venango counties
  • All iPads have a loan period of 30 days
If you are interested in learning more about this service, please
contact us at 724-283-0990 or



PROLOQUO2GO is designed to ensure growth of communication skills and to promote language development. It covers all users, from beginning to advanced users, while catering for a wide range of fine – motor, visual and cognitive skills.
SPEAKIT! TEXT TO SPEECH translates typed words (emails, Word documents, messages typed directly into the app, and more) into an audio voice.
TOUCHCHAT HD is a full – featured communication solution for individuals who have difficulty using their natural voice.
ICOMMUNICATE lets you design visual schedules, storyboards, communication boards, routines,
flash cards, choice boards, speech cards, and more. It is customizable to your needs.
MYTALKTOOLS MOBILE is a next generation AAC app that helps people with communication difficulties say what they want with sequences of words, sounds and images. You choose the content (simple grids or boards with bold images) and play recorded sounds when you touch a cell. The sequences can even form complete sentences.
EVERYDAY SKILLS provides self-directed learning sessions for 40 important skills necessary for living independently and accessing the community based on proven content.
LIVING SAFELY provides self-directed learning sessions for important safety skills topics based on proven content. It provides an accessible learning tool that is specifically designed to be used directly by individuals with autism, learning or other developmental disabilities at their own pace.

Click Here to View or Download the Official Flyer from Milestone HCQU West

DRP Primary Election Hotline

DRP Primary Election Day Hotline
May 16, 2017

Persons with disabilities who need information or encounter problems at their polling place can contact the Disability Rights Pennsylvania (DRP) hotline on Primary Election Day.

The DRP Primary Election Day hotline number
or email DRP at

If you CANNOT reach DRP on Election Day, call the Election Protection Hotline at 1-866-687-8683.

After Election Day, contact Disability Rights Pennsylvania at:
1-800-692-7443 (voice)
1-877-375-7139 (TDD)
1-717-236-0192 (fax)

The Department of State also has a voter hotline. That number is 1-877-868-3772.

Official Flyer can be downloaded HERE.

Welcome to


Welcome to the official website of Self Advocates United as 1 (SAU1). We are very happy that you found our website! This website will tell you a little about our organization, as well as post advocacy events that we are involved in.


The SAU1 Mission

Our mission is to support the self advocacy of people with disabilities for positive impact in our communities and in people’s lives.

Our vision is a world where individuals with developmental disabilities and their families are united to share knowledge, empower others, and use their voices to transform their lives and communities.


The SAU1 Story

Are you a person with a disability, a family member, or someone interested in making sure people have full lives? Maybe you have a friend with a disability, or you work to support people with disabilities. Even if you are just curious about advocacy and the rights of people with disabilities, you are in the right place!

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. Our Board of Directors and voting members are people with disabilities from all over the state of Pennsylvania.

What do SAU1’s members do? We help each other and any people with disabilities and their families across PA. We hold letter-writing, e-mail, and phone workshops to help others learn how to advocate for change. We speak to anyone who will listen about people’s right to live the life they want and fight so everyone has that right. SAU1 teaches people at many levels about full inclusion and rights for all people.

SAU1 Advocacy is funded by a grant from the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council.


SAU1 Involved Events

We will Post on this website every time we are involved in an event. Events that SAU1 are involved in can be fount on our Events Page.


How To Contact SAU1

If you would like to contact SAU1 for more information, or if you would like to know how you can get involved, there are several methods you can use to contact us.

The best ways to contact us at Self Advocates United as 1 (SAU1), is by using one of the following methods.

  1. Email:
  2. Call: 1 (877) 304-7730
  3. Message us on FaceBook
  4. Fill out a contact form HERE