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    Check out one of our favorite blog post by Anita Lesko. She shares her insights on ringing in the New Year with autism!

  • FY 2017 Annual Report: Now Available

    It's been a record-breaking year for the Autism Society. Our network of over 80 affiliates in 37 states, served over 650,000 people, and launched new partnerships and programs, and helped to ensure all those on the spectrum are equipped with the tools and resources they need to succeed and improve their quality of life.

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    Get involved today and make your voice heard! With your help, we can make a big difference for people with autism in Washington and communities across the nation.

  • Improving the lives of all affected by autism.

    The Autism Society is the nation's leading grassroots autism organization. We work to increase public awareness about the day-to-day issues about people across the spectrum, advocate for appropriate services for individuals of every age, and provide the latest information regarding treatment, education, research, and advocacy.

The New Year is Here...

Check out one of our favorite blog post by Anita Lesko. She shares her insights on ringing in the New Year with autism!

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What is Autism?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability; signs typically appear during early childhood and affect a person’s ability…

What is Autism?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability, typically appearing during childhood and affecting a person's ability to communicate and interact with others. Visit these pages for more detailed information.

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Stories from the Spectrum

Real people. Real stories.

  • “Because of [my son’s] needs I’ve learned that while my knowledge and physical capabilities may have their limits, my love and compassion have none.”

    —Dan Olawski

      Father

  • “I believe my life is going in the right direction. I’m very excited to see what the future brings.”

    —Lee Passehl

      Diagnosed at age 3

  • “It became clear that [my daughter] would need additional supports. My husband and I found her a special support group for social interactions, a classroom aide, and placement into an Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) classroom.”

    —SC Bracco

      Mother

  • “So, autism makes me a super-hero. I’m like Wonder Woman, right mommy?”

    —Isabella Bracco

      SC Bracco’s Daughter

  • “This little boy, who fights the challenges of autism every day with such incredible energy and enthusiasm, not only teaches me what it means to be a dad, but what it means to be a man.”

    —Dan Olawski

      Father

  • “Autism is not a burden or some super-secret weapon. It’s simply part of one’s identity. It’s taken me 17 years to learn to accept myself and my diagnosis.”

    —Lee Passehl

      Diagnosed at age 3

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