Autism Society of Alabamahttp://www.autism-alabama.org/
Mission Statement To improve the quality of life of persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families through education, advocacy, and support. Constituency Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families Principle Beliefs *Every individual has inherent worth and dignity *Inclusion in the community is preferred over exclusion *Options and opportunities should be available for every person *Services should focus on the family and the individuals *Accessible, individualized, comprehensive services should be available *Services should strive to be a model of excellence and incorporate validated innovations *Consumers should expect and receive effective advocacy and leadership *Consumers deserve to receive current information on diverse therapeutic options History The Autism Society of Alabama (ASA) has been a volunteer organization directed by its Board of Directors for over 10 years. Between March 1997 and July 1997, members of ASA participated in a series of four "strategic planning" meetings. These meetings were held throughout the State of Alabama. Under the direction of a consultant, the strategic planning process helped the membership of the ASA to clarify its vision, mission, values and program goals. Members who participated in this planning process now have a sense of hope for the future and a strong commitment to work together to see their Mission and Vision become a reality. Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families are the constituency served by ASA. For FY 98/99 funds were secured to allow the ASA to hire an Executive Director and to begin implementation of PROJECT ACTION and other initiatives proposed in the strategic plan. ASA continues to revistit he strategic plan and make changes to best serve the needs of persons with autism spectrum disorders and their families.