Celebrating Differences

April is Autism Awareness and Autism Appreciation Month, a time to recognize and celebrate the differences that make our society strong. 

At the City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS), we work every day to create a more understanding and inclusive world so all people can reach their full potential.

DBHIDS is dedicated to educating, strengthening, and serving individuals and communities so that all Philadelphians can thrive.

Check out these resources:

CAPS Training Program

Do you have a passion for using your own experiences to support other Autistic people to feel empowered, achieve their goals, and meaningfully participate in all areas of life?

Find out if you qualify for the CAPS training program.


“Thoughts of that day still pain me like it just happened. My gut was screaming. Something was not right despite my pediatrician saying everything will be ok – boys are slower than girls and he’ll talk when he’s ready.

I couldn’t sleep the night before the diagnosis reveal. My brain was in overdrive. I felt relieved because I had been waiting for years, months, days – and now tomorrow for this appointment.”

Read one mother’s experience with her son’s autism diagnosis.


Every day I find myself working to grow within an environment that’s hard to understand socially – an environment where people sometimes have a hard time getting along with others. That difficulty is where I find the inspiration and realization that there’s so much more out there for me to understand.

Meet Khylil, who is determined to move and to motivate the ASD community.

Autism Month Events

Living with Autism Panel

April 18 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Neurodiversity Fair

April 20 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Philadelphia Autism Project supports autistic individuals and their families living in Philadelphia through:

  • Education: Training and eLearning Courses
  • Connections: A centralized resource hub, calendar of events, and fostering community collaborations
  • Innovation: Seed funding for community organizations, an annual conference, and new programs for people on the spectrum and their families

Learn more about The Philadelphia Autism Project.