The Autism Society is the nation’s oldest and largest autism grassroots organization in the United States. In 1965, our founders came together to create an organization that enabled parents and individuals impacted by autism to support one another and advocate for services that allow people with ASD to achieve the highest quality of life. Today, the Autism Society is a national system of over 100 state and local affiliates representing thousands of individuals and families affected by autism in communities across the nation. The Autism Society has a long proud history of promoting autism awareness and helping families and individuals navigate the autism journey.

Here are some of the ways the Autism Society of America is uniquely positioned to advance the wellbeing of those impacted by autism:

  • Our grassroots network of state and local affiliates vary from community to community and create programs and supports that best serve the needs of local residents.
  • All monies raised by each Autism Society affiliates remains in state and local communities.
  • The Autism Society is fully inclusive of individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis, families affected by autism, and professionals working in the autism field. Throughout our network, individuals with ASD, family members, professionals and community leaders serve on governing boards, strategic committees and staff.
  • The Autism Society helps people affected by autism today. We support individuals and families across the entire spectrum throughout the lifespan.
  • The Autism Society does not spend any funds on lobbying firms. All advocacy efforts are lead by volunteers and staff, as allowed by IRS regulations.

Last updated: August 26, 2015