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Autism/Developmental Disabilities

Roads To Freedom’s Adult Autism/Developmental Disabilities services are designed to provide long-term supports for community living, tailored to the specific needs of adults age 21 or older. The program is    designed to help adults participate in their communities in the way they want to, based upon their identified needs.

Map of coverage area. Counties: Tioga, Lycoming, CLinton, Centre, Union, Snyder, Columbia, Northumberland, and Montour

Adult Autism Services:

  • Behavior Specialist - provides specialized interventions that assist a participant to increase adaptive behaviors to replace or modify challenging behaviors of a disruptive or destructive nature that prevent or interfere with the participant’s inclusion in home and family life or community life.

  • Community Support - facilitates social interaction; use of natural supports and typical community services available to all people; and participation in education and volunteer activities.

  • Supported Employment - supports individuals in obtaining and sustaining competitive integrated employment.

  • Systematic Skill Building - helps the participant acquire skills that promote independence and integration into the community, which are not behavioral in focus.

Developmental Disabilities Services:

  • Behavior Support - includes comprehensive assessment, the development of and revisions to a behavioral support plan that includes strategies to support the individual based upon assessment, and the provision of interventions and training to individuals, staff and caregivers.


  • Community Participation Support - provides opportunities and support for community inclusion and building interest in and developing skills and potential for competitive integrated employment.


  • In-home & Community Supports - assists participants in acquiring, maintaining and improving the skills necessary to live in the community, to live more independently, and to participate meaningfully in community life.


  • Supported Employment - supports individuals in obtaining and sustaining competitive integrated employment.

The Adult Autism Waiver is a program designed to assist adults age 21 and older with autism disorders.  The Waiver, through the PA Dept. of Health and Human Services and the Bureau of Autism Services, assists those who qualify with participating in their community in the way that they want to based on identified needs.

RTFCIL provides the following waiver services:

Behavior Specialist Services

Systematic Skill Building


Community Support


Career Planning


Supported Employment


Assistive Technology

2 individuals sorting through clothing hanging on a rack
The words "life skills" spelled out with wooden blocks

For more information or how to apply for the Adult Autism Waiver: Adult Autism Waiver

For information on the definitions of the Adult Autism Waiver: Adult Autism Waiver definitions

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