Mission and Vision

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Improving the lives of all affected by autism

Vision Statement:

The Autism Society Southern Arizona is the leading voice and resource of the entire autism community in education, advocacy, services, research and support. The Autism Society is committed to meaningful participation and self-determination in all aspects of life for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. The Autism Society Southern Arizona accomplishes its ongoing mission through close collaboration with a successful network of affiliates, members and supporters as well as several local non profits.

Autism Society Southern Arizona Mission Areas

The Autism Society of America has developed five “core competencies” as a means to implement the Autism Society’s Mission and Vision is proposed in the Autism Society’s new strategic plan. The Autism Society Southern Arizona has adopted these competencies, Those areas include:

Advocacy

  • Proactively informing, influencing, guiding and developing public policy at the federal, state and local levels in collaboration with the greater disability community
  • Advocating for multi-disciplined approaches to autism research
  • Advocating for inclusion, participation and self-determination in all aspects of life for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families

Education

  • Providing accessible and relevant information that supports stakeholder ability to make informed choices
  • Maintaining an authoritative body of autism information and knowledge
  • Supporting proactive community outreach and education
  • Host educational opportunities about autism and related information

Support

  • Creating local connections

Services

  • Building capacity within local communities for service delivery to individuals and their families

Research

  • Identifying and promoting research that will improve the lives of people on the autism spectrum and their families
  • Disseminate research opportunities and information about local and regional research projects