Over 30 years ago, the Autism Society brought together the leading minds serving or researching autism to form a Panel of Professional Advisors. Today, the Autism Society maintains the Panel of Professional Advisors (PPA) and a Panel of People on the Spectrum of Autism Advisors (PSA). The volunteer members of these panels serve the Board of Directors in an advisory capacity. Collectively, the knowledge and expertise of these individuals is used to support the goals and activities of the Autism Society. The varied expertise and experiences provided by members of these advisory panels allow the Autism Society to advance its mission of working to improve the lives of all affected by autism.