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Spectrum Charter School



The mission of the Spectrum School is to provide school-to-work transition instruction in the classroom, on-site business, and community-based, work sites for students aged 13-21. The program is structured to meet the needs of students who do not learn well in typical classroom settings due to unique cognitive, communication, and sensory challenges, including students with autism spectrum disorders. The nation’s first public school to provide equal measures of classroom education and vocational training for those with autism – from middle school to graduation.


  • High teacher-to-student ratio.

  • Curriculum

    • compiled of traditional (i.e., science, math), independent living, and transitional academics

    • includes on-line general and college prep courses

    • meets the students’ strengths, interests, and needs

    • aligned with the PA Academic Standards

  • Established community organization and corporation relationships

  • All students are provided vocational exploration, assessment, and training opportunities

  • Working, volunteering, and learning in the community are an integral part of our mission.

  • Spectrum students are a reliable employment pool

  • Provides community-based learning opportunities where students can refine community living, social, and work skills (banks, stores, restaurants…)

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Spectrum Charter School, Inc. Your financial efforts will help provide student education and community experiences. Your donation will also help students grow to be proud, productive citizens.

Thank you in advance!

Please make checks payable to:

Spectrum Charter School, Inc.
4369 Northern Pike
Monroeville, PA 15146

For more information, please call 412-374-8130.

Medical Assistance

This is probably the most comprehensive, yet easiest to understand, guide for parents seeking Medical Assistance for their autistic family members.

Getting Medical Assistance

Sensory-Friendly Movie Screenings

Sensory-Friendly Screenings Offered

Monthlyat the locations below:

AMC Lowes Waterfront 22


AMC Theatres (AMC) and the Autism Society have teamed up to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities a special opportunity to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment on a monthly basis with the “Sensory Friendly Films” program.

To provide a more comfortable setting for this unique audience, the lights are brought up and the sound turned down.  Families are able to bring in their own gluten-free, casein-free snacks. Additionally, audience members are welcome to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing – in other words, AMC’s “Silence is Golden®” policy will not be enforced unless the safety of the audience is questioned.

Call us at 412-856-7223 or AMC Loews Waterfront Theater 22 at 412-462-6550 for more information.

Tull Family Theater

The sensory friendly environment offers the option for families, including children and adults impacted by autism and other special needs, to watch films together by lowering film volume, keeping on dim house lights and having a door open to restrooms and the lobby throughout the film. Staffing levels are increased to allow a personal, unhurried cinematic experience for everyone.

Sensory friendly screenings are among the ways the Theater focuses on accessibility as it fulfills its mission to strengthen the region’s cultural, educational and entertainment experiences. The Theater is grateful for individual and foundation contributions that make these screenings possible, and for the audience participation that supports this effort.

To visit their website, “click here”  to learn more about the sensory friendly screenings.

Discounted admissions are available for groups of 10 or more; please click here” to email for details.

Dental Care

One of the biggest challenges autism families face is a routine trip to the dentist. With unusual smells, sounds and sensations, dental treatments can be overwhelming and unbearable to an autistic child or teenager. With this in mind, the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine offers a dental clinic through its Center for Patients with Special Needs (CSPN).

The CSPN provides a full range of services including cleanings, x-rays, restorative dentistry, and oral surgery.

Emphasis is put on providing appropriate, compassionate care with modifications made to equipment and the setting to make it more comfortable and safe for the special needs patient. Behavior guidance and pharmacological management through nitrous oxide, IV sedation and general anesthesia are offered in conjunction with the Department of Pediatric Dentistry and the Anesthesiology Department.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine at 412-648-3039 for patients 15 years or older or 412-648-8930 for infants to age 14. Most insurance plans, including Medicaid, are accepted.

Free Diaper Assistance


The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services reports that if your child is over the age of 3 and is still not potty trained, you may be eligible to obtain free diapers through Medical Assistance.

Medicaid and Medicaid HMO’s will only cover the supplies if the child is older than 3 years of age and if a physician deems them medically necessary. You will be required to obtain a prescription, authorization, or a referral, in lieu of a prescription from your primary care physician. Contact your managed care organization for specific information.

Tri-Medical Rehab Supply is a supplier of diapers that accepts Medicaid. You can contact them toll-free 800-541-0734. Please keep in mind that Tri-Med only services Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Sesame Street and Autism


Welcome Julia…

About This Initiative

In the U.S., 1 in 68 children is diagnosed on the autism spectrum (ASD). In fact, almost every school and university in the country has students with autism. While the diagnosis is common, public understanding of autism is not. The lack of understanding about the condition can make life even more difficult for children with autism. A recent study reveals that they are five times more likely to be bullied than their peers—treatment no child should endure. While it’s true there can be significant differences between people with autism and their peers, all children want the same things: to feel safe, happy, and loved. And all children have something to contribute—unique perspectives and talents that help make the world a richer and more interesting place.

That’s why Sesame Workshop created Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children, a nationwide initiative aimed at communities with children ages 2 to 5. Developed with input from parents, people who serve the autism community, and people with autism, See Amazing in All Children offers families ways to manage common challenges, to simplify everyday activities, and to grow connections and support from family, friends, and community.

​Click Here to visit Sesame Street and Autism

Religous Services

One of God’s pioneers in this area is Dr. Larry Sutton, an employee of the PA State Autism Bureau, and a Deacon at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Scott Township. He recently served at a mass in Washington, DC, with Cardinal Donald Wuehrl that focused on the inclusion of those with disabilities in Catholic worship.

Dr. Sutton also played a critical role in the formation of practices and recommendations for the special needs population in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. He currently is working with 25 families in a program that provides religious instruction, preparation for the sacraments, and an inclusive worship service at 9:30 each Sunday.

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Peters Township continues to offer a special needs worship service the second Sunday of each month at 1 p.m. Westminster Church in Upper St. Clair has formed a committee to address the needs of autistic students in their Sunday school classes and youth group with the hope of improving their worship experience.

Water Safety Resources

As summer is about to begin and people are preparing to safely return outdoors, at they’ve created a water safety guide for kids. Their safety experts have created this guide specifically designed for children with special needs, in collaboration with experts on the field.

They have reviewed considerations on water safety unique to pools and natural bodies of water, and the precautions that should be taken with each. They have also included a shareable infographic illustrating the top water safety tips for children with special needs, to make this information even more accessible for the community.

You can view their guide here:

Click Here to View the Safety Guide


Wexford Address

11676 Perry Highway, Suite 1200

Professional Building #1

Wexford, PA 15090

Butler County Office

PO Box 275

202 E Main Street

Evans City, PA 16033

Monroeville Office

4903 Old William Penn Highway

Monroeville, PA  15146

Telephone Us

Amazon Smile

How would you like to help out our organization with additional funds, and not take any money out of your pocket?  Instead of buying from the regular Amazon website store, go to or Amazon Smile.  The prices are the same, however Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to a Non-Profit of your choice!  After using the above link, or just click on the Amazonsmile Icon above to select the Autism - Pittsburgh.


The Autism-Pittsburgh, Inc. is recognized by Guidestar as a non-profit organization.  Our Bridge # is 1371707968. Our Objective is to improve the lives of those struggling with autism and to help autism involved parents, families and professionals grow by providing as much relevant information on autism spectrum disorders as is known to us.