About Vista

About Us

Unique Potential is Within Reach

At Vista, we serve a wide range of students and clients and provide a variety of state-of-the-art services to children and adults with autism.

Mission & Vision

Our Mission

To advance and innovate, to improve lives, and to inspire hope for individuals with autism and their families.

Our Vision

To become obsolete in the lives of those we serve.

We do Autism Services RIGHT Through:


We do what it takes to employ evidence-based practices that challenge individuals, families, and caregivers to exceed their own expectations.


We put individuals first. We don’t shy away from tackling tough problems.


We follow the data and do exactly what we say. We celebrate small wins.


We listen to individuals and their families and caregivers, going above and beyond to form a true partnership.


We strongly believe in the worth of every individual, valuing them above all, and fostering their unique talents and abilities.

The Beginning

A group of highly committed parents and professionals identified the need for improved support for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder living in Central Pennsylvania.

Opening Doors

On February 4, 2002, The Vista School® opened its doors to 4 children.

Unique Partnership

The Vista School® formed a unique partnership with a local behavioral health provider in a demonstration project to join educational and therapeutic aspects of the treatments that are primarily used for the remediation of ASD.

Medical Assistance

In 2005, Vista was granted a Medical Assistance Partial Hospitalization License from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services.

Move to Current Facility

Vista moved into to their current facility in 2011—a scenic building owned by the Hershey Trust that had once been used as a residential program for The Hershey School. The kitchenettes that were part of the existing buildings were perfect for Vista’s hands-on training programs where students are taught how to cook for themselves and become more independent.

Vista Now Employs

Today, Vista employs more than 350 skilled educators and therapists and serves over 100 individuals and their families.

Vista Autism Services is Here for You

You can make a real difference in the lives of individuals with autism.