Guiding Principles: The Autism Society and its affiliates are committed to these core principles:

  • We provide services without regard to a person’s age, race, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, income level or level of need on the autism spectrum
  • We strongly encourage and welcome families,

    professionalsand individuals living with autism with opportunities to participate in our governance, on our committees, and as staff members

  • We partner with others to advance the well-being of all living with autism
  • We promote individual choice and self-determination of individuals living with autism, aided by parental and guardian advocacy
  • We recognize a person living with autism can and should be able to maximize his/her quality of life and oppose any denial of their opportunities
  • We oppose any discrimination and harm directed towards individuals living with autism and their families
  • We are transparent, responsible and accountable to those we serve, those who support us, and the general community in our stewardship of funds
  • We assure the confidentiality of our services – and adhere to required confidentiality laws, and regulations pertaining to such services
  • We strive to ensure our programs, services, and decisions are outcome-driven
  • We maintain independence from political partisanship and commercial interests
  • We respect the work of our affiliates and do not engage in actions that enhance one organization at the expense of others
  • We support data and evidence-based analyses of options informed by broad knowledge of educational, research, clinical, government, business and program services experience
  • We support an options policy and provide information on all options so individuals can exercise freedom of choice in their decision-making