Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about The ACRES Project. If your question isn't addressed here, please contact us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Q. Do I have to have a formal autism diagnosis or "paperwork" to attend ACRES?
A. No. We understand that some individuals who identify with the autism community, especially women, may have never had a formal diagnosis and that some individuals do not wish to have one. Programs funded by The ACRES Project (including our social groups) do not require "proof" of diagnosis for participation. The only exceptions are employment training and self-advocacy programs funded by Pennsylvania state agencies; as these agencies require documentation of disability from participants.
Q. How much do your programs cost?
A. The vast majority of our programs are free to participants and their families thanks to the generous support of community grants and donations! We want our programs to be accessible to everybody who needs them. Programs which utilize a lot of resources or staff may have a small fee.
Q. How many people are helped by The ACRES Project?
A. As of November 2020, we currently have over 60 high school students with autism participating in our online groups and about 12 participants safely visiting ACRES each week. As participants gain skills and self-confidence, each life changed has a "ripple effect" on their family, friends, coworkers, and the entire community!
Q. When can we come back to ACRES for in-person programs?
A. We miss everyone, too, but due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many of our in-person group activities are currently suspended for everyone's health and safety. We plan on gradually restarting these programs once Centre County maintains a "moderate" or lower risk of community spread for at least two weeks as determined by the PA Department of Health.