To sustain our commitment to comprehensive systems of care and our tradition of excellence in specialized services, Keystone Human Services established a new subsidiary corporation, Keystone Autism Services (KAS), which administers the Adult Community Autism Program (ACAP) as part of its services.
KAS was selected by the Bureau of Autism Services to implement ACAP to provide services and supports for adults with autism spectrum disorders. As increasing emphasis was placed on autism detection, diagnosis, and support across the United States, most attention has been directed to the development of services for toddlers and children. While these valuable advances can improve the early development of individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, research now shows us that access to expert services in adulthood is critical to improved quality of life. ACAP is able to provide a variety of services that respond to the changing needs of participants over their lifespan, including behavioral support, pre-vocational, supported employment, habilitation, community transition, and non-medical transportation.
This important program provides comprehensive services to adults with autism spectrum disorders living in Dauphin, Cumberland, Chester, and Lancaster Counties. As an integrative system of care, ACAP incorporates health care, vocational, social, and behavioral supports.
Keystone Autism Services and the Adult Community Autism Program are the culmination of an ever-growing commitment to the individuals who live with autism and their families, and mark an exciting chapter in the Keystone story. Through the work of KAS, Keystone Human Services is becoming a leader in community-based services for people with autism spectrum disorders, striving to establish a model for all of Pennsylvania that will impact autism awareness and support for years to come.
The work of Keystone Autism Services provides Keystone Human Services with an opportunity to continue our mission of Advancing the Human Spirit and to work toward a time when all people are valued, participating, and contributing members of our community. We are collectively building a brighter future for individuals and our community, ensuring that the gifts of all people are fully recognized and celebrated.