Quality of Life Goals

The Autism Society’s vision is to increase the quality of life of everyone living with autism. When we say “quality of life,” we’re talking about basic human rights that allow people to interact with one another and the world on their own terms. Quality of life indicators such as the ability to communicate, the freedom to choose a career and opportunities for community involvement are essential aspects of the human experience, and we promote treatments, accommodations and acceptance with them in mind. The Autism Society is committed to supporting these ideals:

Respect and Dignity – People with  autism should feel respected by  those  around them

 

Inclusion – People with autism  should  be welcomed to participate  actively in  their schools, workplaces  and  communities

 

Communication – People with autism  should be able to express themselves  and interact with others in a meaningful  way

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Health and Well-being – People with autism should feel and be well physically and have access to the services they need to stay healthy

 

Safety – People with autism should feel secure and be able to get help from their communities, law enforcement and others as needed

 

Academic Success – People with autism should have the opportunity to participate in school to their fullest capability and learn in an environment and manner that enables them to succeed

 

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Social Connections – People with autism should have friends and supporters as well  as  ties to their communities

 

Independent Living – People with autism  have the right to lead their own lives, and  they should also have support if they need  help  caring for themselves

 

Meaningful Employment with Fair  Wages – People with autism should have  the opportunity to do work that contributes  to their communities, and should  receive compensation befitting their positions

 

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Financial Stability – People with autism should be able to afford the things and services they need

 

Recreation and Leisure – People with autism should be able to pursue their interests and spend their free time in a meaningful way

 

Subjective Well-Being – People with autism should feel happy and enjoy life

 

Self-Identity and Acceptance – People with autism should understand and appreciate themselves, and feel understood and valued by others

 

Vision - always awesomeAutonomy and Self-Sufficiency – People with autism have the right to make their own decisions

 

Pursuit of Dreams – People with autism should feel empowered to achieve their aspirations!