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About Us

What We Do

  • We provide information and referral to parents and professionals about diagnosis, care, treatment, educational, medical and habilitative services.

  • We provide names of facilities and individuals locally who can provide such services to those with autism spectrum disorders and their families.

  • We provide advice and guidance to parents and families seeking necessary appropriate services for the family member.

  • We solicit funds to help support these programs to the maximum extent possible.

  • We advise facilities and/or professionals who are unfamiliar with autism and put them in touch with other professionals able to supplement their efforts.

  • We encourage development and improvement of new and existing programs.

  • We co-founded, in 2000, the SPECTRUM CHARTER SCHOOL, providing community based school-to-work education and training for students ages 12-21, including those with autism spectrum disorders.

  • We advocate for the rights of those with autism to a free and appropriate education, appropriate care and treatment, and the rights of parents and families to obtain appropriate services for their family member with autism.

  • We seek to enhance the effectiveness of existing programs by providing a forum for continuing education and the exchange of new ideas and approaches.

  • We founded S.P.E.A.K. in 1974, a specialized summer program of education and community awareness building to prevent academic and social regression in children with autism spectrum disorders during summer months.

  • We try to assist parents in resolving problems and obtaining appropriate services, or who feel that their family member has been excluded from an appropriate program.

  • We prepare and deliver testimony on all autism-related topics, including those issues that are being litigated or considered for legislative action.

  • We provide autism training to businesses and organizations wishing to gain further information about autism.

  • We founded the "Higher Contact" program to assist businesses in providing transitional services and pair them with individuals with autism and/or autism organizations.