There are many ways to get involved in the autism community. The Autism Society encourages its members and supporters to keep current on and active in ongoing advocacy issues regarding autism, stay abreast of the latest in autism-related news and issues through our online newsletter, Autism Matters, and make an effort to attend autism events and conferences in your area. The benefits of being involved in the autism community are many—not the least of which is educating yourself about the most appropriate treatments and resources available to help your loved one on the spectrum.
Search Nationwide Autism-Related Services and Supports With Autism Source
The Autism Source™ Resource Database, created in 2004, is the most comprehensive database of its kind. The Autism Society strives to offer only credible and reliable resources to our constituents, therefore we have employed our nationwide network of affiliates and collaborated with other autism organizations and professionals throughout the U.S. It is because of these collaborative relationships that the Autism Source™ Resource Database continues to grow and is kept current with comprehensive resource listings. Click here to start your search.
Reach Out to Your Local Affiliate
The Autism Society’s affiliates provide a number of ways in which individuals and families to get involved, obtain support and share their experiences with others in their communities. Our affiliates are an obvious place to turn for encouragement, accurate information and education. Find an affiliate near you.
Sign Up for Autism Society’s Free E-Newsletter
Autism Matters is the Autism Society’s free monthly e-newsletter, with the latest updates on news, advocacy, research, education, conferences and resources. Contact us to receive Autism Matters.
Sign Up for Autism Society Action Alerts
The Autism Society’s history and mission are grounded in its grassroots efforts to empower individuals and families to educate and advocate for themselves and their loved ones. In addition, the Autism Society is active in the public policy arena and encourages our members to get involved and take action on important issues through Action Alerts on our website and in our online newsletter. The Autism Society’s Action Alerts will inform you of important national legislation, giving you a chance to make your voice heard by your congressperson.
Attend an Event
The Autism Society sponsors the largest gathering of people with autism, families and professionals at its annual National Conference & Exposition on Autism Spectrum Disorders. With over 200 sessions and 150 exhibitors, this event usually draws close to 2,000 people. For information about this year’s conference, visit our conference page. The Autism Society has a network of over 100 affiliates in almost every state, many of which sponsor their own group meetings, programs and events. Contact your local affiliate to get involved and find an event or meeting near you, or start your own event.
Become a Volunteer
Do you want to put your professional talents to greater use outside of your regular nine to five? Are you seeking ways to get involved with the Autism Society and help families everywhere affected by ASD? Giving back to the community is just one of the ways to make a difference in the world. At the Autism Society, are number of ways to get involved and support our mission to improve the lives of every individual living with an autism diagnosis. The Autism Society seeks eager and teachable volunteers for graphic design, administrative, national conference planning, public policy and program support opportunities! You can work at our national office in Bethesda, Maryland or from the comfort of your home. Are you ready to get involved with our movement? Take the first step and email your resume and cover letter to our volunteer coordinator.
Sensory Friendly Films
AMC Theatres (AMC) and the Autism Society have teamed up to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities a special opportunity to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment on a monthly basis with the “Sensory Friendly Films” program. In order to provide a more comfortable setting for this unique audience, the movie auditoriums will have their lights brought up and the sound turned down, families will be able to bring in their own gluten-free, casein-free snacks, no previews or advertisements will be shown before the movie, and AMC’s “Silence is Golden®” policy will not be enforced. To find a theatre near you, click here.
Take a Free Course
Our website offers online courses for users to increase their knowledge of autism in general, as well as courses on specific topics related to autism. They take approximately 30 minutes to complete and participants can download a certificate of completion when finished.