About Barber National Institute

Exterior of the Barber National Institute main campus in Erie, PA


The Barber National Institute is committed to its mission of providing the highest quality services for children and adults with autism, intellectual disabilities or behavioral health challenges and their families. Since our founding in 1952, we have evolved into a multi-faceted organization serving more than 6,200 individuals annually with a wide range of educational, vocational, residential and behavioral health programs.

Today, the Barber National Institute offers a range of services that includes early intervention for infants and toddlers, an inclusive preschool, an Autism Center offering diagnosis and treatment, an approved private school, job training and placement, residential options including community group homes and Lifesharing, in-home services, specialized therapies and behavioral health supports. Our organization also provides education and training to educators and professionals around the world.

In addition to our main campus in Erie, PA, and we also provide services in Warren, Forest and Crawford Counties, in Bedford and Somerset, PA, and in the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh regions. For more information, please download our Fact & Figures.

The Dr. Gertrude A Barber Center and Dr. Gertrude A. Barber Foundation are 501(c)3 tax-exempt charities.

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